o Groups 1-17, 18-126, 127-154 for example 3. What is the topic of Sonnets 1-17 - Who is speaking to whom at the beginning of this sequence o Narrator = older man 22, my glass shall not persuade me I am old As a decrepit after takes delight to see his active child do deeds of youth… etc, 37 63 against my love shall be as I am now, times injurious hand – 63. o Might be Shakespeare, might not be. Safe to suggest he’s not. - Addressee – young man o His tender heir might bear his memory 1. o 3. thou dost beguile the world unless some mother o 9 - is it for fear to wet a widow’s eye that thou consum’st thyself in single life o Since she pricked thee out for women’s pleasure – 20 o From fairest creatures we desire increase that thereby beauty’s rose might never die. #1 - We want more beautiful people. - #2 – you’re going to get old and wrinkly. - #17 fully suggests once again for you to have a kid so they can be remembered as beautiful the entire thing is having a baby and having poetry. 4. How is 18 different from 1-17? How does it compare to Spencer’s 79 - 18, shall I compare thee to a summer’s day. Nope, summer sucks and isn’t anywhere as great as you. - We aren’t talking about babies for the rest of the sonnets that are in existence. - 18-126 focus on the affection of the older man to the younger
- Then pops up a dark woman 127-on. 5. Why is #130 often described as Anti-Sidnean, do you think? - 130 – other poets that talk about how beautiful their lovers are are lying. He refuses to compare her to something she doesn’t need to be compared with. And she’s lovely and he loves her anyway - 144 – better angel as the young man talked about earlier, the dark woman is seducing the young man that this dude loved. 1. How does shakespeare attitude towards women/love compare to the other sonnet makers feelings about the topic Allegory etc. 1. Who was Elizabeth 1 and why did she become such a significant figure in Renaissance politics in the history of Britain? - Henry VIII, husband to Catherine of Aragon is Mother of Mary I. Second wife is Anne Boleyn and mother of Elizabeth I. Jane Seymour Mother of Edward VI. - Edward VI o Son of Jane Seymour o Became king of age 9 upon father’s death o Protestant o Sickly boy that dies in his teens. o Names Lady Jane Grey (grand-niece to H8) his successor o She only lasted a few days on the throne, however, as country rallied to Mary I’s support - Mary I o Daughter of Catherine of Aragon o Catholic o “Bloody Mary” o Doesn’t last long… - Elizabeth I o Daughter of Anne Boleyn o Protestant o Does punish and kill those of the Catholic faith o End of the Tudor line o “We princes, I tell you, are set on stages in the sight and view of all the world.” 2. How did Elizabeth negotiate being a woman in power in early modern England?
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