Literary criticism During his own lifetime and shortly afterward, Shakespeare enjoyed fame and considerable critical attention. Jonson objected when Shakespeare dramatized history extending over many years and moved his dramatic scene around from country to country, rather than focusing on 24 hours or so in a single location.
That time of year thou mayst in me behold You may observe in me that time of life which is like the time of year when etc.
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang The line, by its pauses, almost re-creates the blowing away of the last resistant fading leaves by the autumn wind.
Only a few stalwart ones finally remain. Coleridge The one red leaf, the last of its clan, That dances as often as dance it can.
The poet is like a tree with his decaying, worn out verses being dispersed in the wind. Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. The choir is the part of the church at the top, eastern end, the chancel, where the choristers stood and sang.
Shakespeare uses the word seven times, only twice with this meaning. The rich stream Of lords and ladies, having brought the queen To a prepared place in the choir, fell off A distance from her; H8. In the early years of the reign there were few parish priests, and later, after the religious settlement and with the spreading influence of European reformist ideas, churches could be seen as symbols of popery and reaction and of the old religion.
Enclosures of common land, with the consequent abandonment of villages, would also have caused some churches to fall to ruin. However it is not possible to say with certainty that the image of a ruined chancel was primarily what Shakespeare had in mind.
He tends not to use the word ruin s or ruined other than in a figurative or general sense, as in: Ruin hath led me thus to ruminate Sonnet 64 or in But the above is the only instance where the word specifically refers to a building or a part of a building, and the lines were possibly written by Fletcher.
Generally Shakespeare is more interested in wreckages of human personalities Thou art the ruins of the noblest man That ever lived in the tide of times. I remain unconvinced that the rich stream of suggestions listed by Empson in Seven Types of Ambiguity, see belowwhich has led to much debate on this line, is entirely justified.
It is a mattter of opinion whether branches of trees look very much like ruined abbeys. Readers must judge the matter for themselves. Other fleeting references in the line may be to quires of paper which contain songs and sonnets.
As after sunset fadeth in the west; See note above. Night kills off the daylight, as a murderer kills his victim.Title: A Room of One's Own Author: Virginia Woolf * A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook * eBook No.: txt Edition: 1 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII Date first posted: October Date most recently updated: July This eBook was produced by: Col Choat Production notes: Italics in the book have been converted to upper case.
Download-Theses Mercredi 10 juin JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. While William Shakespeare’s reputation is based primarily on his plays, he became famous first as a poet. With the partial exception of the Sonnets (), quarried since the early 19th century for autobiographical secrets allegedly encoded in them, the nondramatic writings have traditionally been pushed to the margins of the Shakespeare industry.
Hamlet: No Delay, No Play - William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, title character in the play of the same name, has been criticized for centuries due to his delay in killing his uncle Claudius and the consequences that occurred as a result.
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