Sonnet 29 | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Robert Crosman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 37 pages of analysis & critique of Sonnet 29.
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Critical Essay by Robert Crosman

SOURCE: “Making Love Out of Nothing at All: The Issue of Story in Shakespeare's Procreation Sonnets,” in Shakespeare Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 4, Winter, 1990, pp. 470-88.

In the following essay, Crosman studies the first seventeen sonnets and contends that a distinct narrative may be discerned.

My thesis is that there is a discernible story in Shakespeare's sonnets, and I will support that thesis with a reading of sonnets 1-17, the so-called procreation sonnets. Because there is widespread distrust of finding narrative in the sonnets, I will begin by discussing the nature of that distrust, and will then argue in favor of permitting Shakespeare's sonnets to tell a story.

Let us begin with some characteristic and influential pronouncements on the subject:

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The sonnets may not be in an order which is absolutely correct but no one can...

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