Sonnet 29 | Critical Essay by Jane Hedley

This literature criticism consists of approximately 50 pages of analysis & critique of Sonnet 29.
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Critical Essay by Jane Hedley

SOURCE: “Since First Your Eye I Eyed: Shakespeare's Sonnets and the Poetics of Narcissism,” in Style, Vol. 28, No. 1, Spring, 1994, pp. 1-30.

In the essay below, Hedley argues that Shakespeare's sonnets to the fair young man are narcissistic in their distinctive use of language and form.

The love that is celebrated in the first one hundred and twenty-six of Shakespeare's Sonnets is narcissistic, as several commentators have noticed1: “it is love by identification,” as C. L. Barber explains (662).2 Writing about the Sonnets in 1960, Barber preferred to try to understand the lover's posture in these poems “without resort to psychoanalytic formulations” (667); more recently, however, Joseph Pequigney has analyzed that posture in terms of Freud's account of “the inclination toward a narcissistic object choice” in homosexual men...

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