The Sonnets and Attunement

Authored by: Maximilian de Gaynesford

The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138936126
eBook ISBN: 9781315677019
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Shakespeare’s use of a particular phrase-type—where the verb names the act performed in uttering it—plays a cardinal role in the Sonnets. Appreciating this calls for the attunement of philosophy and literary criticism of poetry. The phrase-type figures particularly in sonnets that reflect on poetry as a form of action. So one prominent issue it raises for philosophy and literary criticism is what a speech act approach to the Sonnets should look like. Another such issue is scepticism.

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