Themes and Variations in Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Contents
Preface9
Introductory11
I
POETRY AS IMMORTALISATION FROM PINDAR
TO SHAKESPEARE
1Shakespeare and the Roman poets27
2Shakespeare and Petrarch44
3Shakespeare and Tasso53
4Shakespeare and Ronsard57
5Shakespeare and his English predecessors69
II
DEVOURING TIME AND FADING BEAUTY FROM THE
GREEK ANTHOLOGY TO SHAKESPEARE
1Absence of the topics carpe diem and carpe florem from Shakespeare’s sonnets95
2Shakespeare’s sonnets on Love as the Defier of Time102
3The instinctiveness and unphilosophicalness of Shakespeare’s ‘idealism’ and ‘spirituality’: contrast with Michelangelo and other men of GeistII9
4Personifications of Time, Age and Youth by Ovid, Horace and Shakespeare134
5Shakespeare and Chaucer: Tragedy and the Whole Truth142

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