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Shakespeare and the Poet's Life explores a central biographical question: why did Shakespeare choose to cease writing sonnets and court-focused long poems like The Rape of Lucrece and Venus and Adonis and continue writing plays? Author Gary Schmidgall persuasively demonstrates the value of contemplating the professional reasons Shakespeare—or any poet of the time—ceased being an Elizabethan court poet and focused his efforts on drama and the Globe. Students of Shakespeare and of Renaissance poetry will find Schmidgall's approach and conclusions both challenging and illuminating.
Gary Schmidgall is professor of English at Hunter College and the author of numerous books.
"Argues persuasively that the image of the poet offered in Renaissance historical documents can illuminate Shakespeare's own views."—South Atlantic Review
"Impressive in its range and scholarship; it is also gracefully and tactfully written."—Shakespeare Bulletin
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Shakespeare, Shakespeare's poetry, English poets, Shakespeare and authorship
Literature in English, British Isles
Schmidgall, Gary, "Shakespeare and the Poet's Life" (1990). Literature in English, British Isles. 67.