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weekly paper #2 eng 346 - “First the sonnets to the young...

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Sabrina Baez Baez 1 ENG 346 9/15/2011 Weekly Paper #2 Shakespeare’s Sonnet #147 It is a well known fact that many of William Shakespeare’s sonnets about love were very controversial at the time, and continue to be today. Many people assume that a good number of Shakespeare’s sonnets had a same gendered love undertone. Although Shakespeare uses loving and adoring language in his sonnets about men, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are supposed to be erotic, rather out of brotherhood and respect. I believe that many of William Shakespeare’s sonnets can be considered gender neutral and that he just has a profound respect for human love and companionship, The author of the article I chose to analyze this poem, Robert Matz, believes this is the case as well. He studies the critique of Margreta de Garzia on the sexuality and scandal of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Regarding the most infamous scandal, the homosexual tones of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Matz gives two reasons as to why people had such an issue with them.
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Unformatted text preview: “First, the sonnets to the young man did not simply reproduce the dominant social order… Second, even in their own day the sonnets to the young man potentially transgress boundaries of proper male friendship and of the dominant sexual order—that is, sex within marriage… (Matz 480). Matz is basically saying that these issues were seen as scandalous because you don’t mess with reproduction and family lineage in poetry and same sex sodomy was always looked down upon. Bibliography Matz, Robert. "The Scandals of Shakespeare's Sonnets." MLA International Bibliography . EBSCO, Summer 2010. Web. 13 Sept. 2011. Levin, Phillis. The Penguin Book of the Sonnet: 500 Years of Classic Tradition in English . New York: Penguin, 2001. 53. Print. Statement of Academic Honesty I have complied fully with the requirements of academic honesty as it is defined in the syllabus for English 346....
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