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Lecture Three: Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Romeo and Juliet: Love and Convention
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Francesco Petrarca 1304-1374 Father of “Humanism,” program of cultural reform Petrarch: on Good Friday, 1327, after giving up his commitment to priesthood, fell for “Laura,” an unrequited passion that is recorded in the Rime sparse (“Scattered Rhymes,” a book of Petrarchan Sonnets. “Petrarchan Conceit”: metaphoric language, use of oxymoron to describe passion.
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Sonnet Structures Petrarchan or Italian: (Petrarch not first to use this form; Dante, but named after him) OCTAVE: ABBAABBA, followed by SESTET, only requirement that each rhyme have a pair. Shakespearean or English: (Shakespeare not the first, but by Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey): 3 QUATRAINS, followed by a COUPLET
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Sonnet 145: To Anne Hath-away? Those lips that Love's own hand did make Breathed forth the sound that said "I hate" To me that languished for her sake; But when she saw my woeful state, Straight in her heart did mercy come,
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This note was uploaded on 11/12/2011 for the course ENGLISH 350:322 taught by Professor Fulton during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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