All the sonnets are provided here, with descriptive commentary attached to each one, giving explanations of difficult and unfamiliar words and phrases, and with a full analysis of any special problems of interpretation which arise. Sonnets by other Elizabethan poets are also included, Spenser, Sidney, Drayton and a few other minor authors. The poems of Sir Thomas Wyatt are also given, with both old and modern spelling versions, and with brief notes provided. Check the menu above for full details of what is available. For Valentine poems click on OTHER in the menu above.

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John Klause

An excellent book which explores the close relationship between Southwell and Shakespeare. There are more verbal parallels, echoes and borrowings from Southwell by Shakespeare than from any other author, not excluding Holinshed and North (Plutarch). On the basis of John Klause's discoveries much of Shakespearean biography will have to be rewritten. I highly recommend this book to all those interested in Shakespeare's inner life.  
The book is currently out of print but is available on line here on the Sonnets web site. Click here for further details.

The Chanters by Peters


The Chanters

Stipple engraving by J. R. Smith 

after Rev. Matthew W. Peters, R. A.  

Published 1787

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