Marilyn Hacker | Critical Review by Marilyn French

This literature criticism consists of approximately 9 pages of analysis & critique of Marilyn Hacker.
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Critical Review by Marilyn French

SOURCE: French, Marilyn. Review of Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons. The Nation, New York 243 (1 November 1986): 442-46.

In the following review, French discusses Hacker's use of the sonnet form and sonnet sequences.

The recounting of a love affair through sonnets has a tradition that dates back to Petrarch. Petrarch's Canzoniere centered on his love for a woman he called Laura, who seems more occasion than creature, an idea of woman figuring in poems offering an idea of love as exalted, unable to be consummated or even requited, and ending tragically. What is really celebrated in Petrarch's love poems is the poet's skill, his art and his own emotions—passion sustained interminably and hopelessly.

Petrarch's sonnets inspired a host of imitators in England during the Renaissance. Starting with Sir Thomas Wyatt, many poets attempted the sonnet, and some...

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