Shakepeare Sonnet The Myseteris of Love Notes - Alissa...

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Alissa ColaruotoloMrs. EganAP Literature & Composition, period 328 November 2016P. 275-277 Shakespeare’s Sonnets: The Mysteries of LoveAbout the SonnetsWritten in 1609154 sonnets totalSpeaker is maleChief subject is loveRaise Many QuestionsIs the sonnets’ speaker a dramatic character invented by Shakespeare, like Romeo, Macbeth, or Hamlet, or is he the poet himself?If the sonnets are about the real man Shakespeare, then who are the real people behind the characters the sonnets mention?Is the order in which the sonnets were originally published (probably without Shakespeare’s consent) the correct or the intended sequence? Could they be arranged to tell a more coherent story? Should they be so arranged?In the 1609 publication, who is the “Mr. W. H.” mentioned as the “only begetter” of the sonnets: the young man? Someone else?What is a Sonnet?Derived from Italian word sonetto, meaning “little sound; song”

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