Love in Shakespeare’s Works Love is what Ludwig Wittgenstein called a “family-resemblance” concept: that is to say, it has no single, core meaning in all of its separate uses. Instead it produces a network of meanings, each of which may in turn be related to other words – other strands in the network – cognate with it in ways that depend on context.
Love in Shakespeare’s Works (Cont’d)
Many of his works are a conflict of love and hate
Two examples are Romeo and Juliet and All’s Well That Ends Well
All throughout Shakespeare’s Sonnets, he mentions a love between two people
They can be divided into two sections
Section one 1-126
Section two 127-154
These sonnets have a recurring theme of young beauty destroyed over a period of time, and the ability of art and love to exceed time and even death and last forever
1-17 recommended marriage
18-24 was young love
25-52 discussed travel, absence, and disgrace
53-75 was about relationship problems
76-103 rival poet and jealousy
127-154 the dark lady
The most popular of his sonnets were sonnets number 18, 29, 116, 126, and 130
Marks a change in the theme of the “sonnet story”
The theme is love stability and power
Many believe it to be the ultimate love poem
Sonnet 29 The mood of the sonnets change The poet feels insecure, embarrassed, troubled, unsuccessful, and severely envious at everyone Something that makes this sonnet unusual is it bares only one metaphor
one of Shakespeare most famous, read, and admired sonnets, nonetheless it is the least understood and least agreed upon on what he was trying to portray.
Hilton Landry thinks that the sonnets leading up to sonnet 116 gives insight to this poem
The sonnet speaks of love in its most abundant and glorious form. Two people come together in love based on understanding and trust.
Throughout the poem, he speaks of everything love is, and in the final couplet, he says that if he is mistaken about the purities of true love, that he takes it back and no man has ever truly loved
It only has12 lines, instead of the normal 14 lines.
It also has a six rhymed pentameter couplet instead of the normal three quatrains with alternating rhyme
Is written about the dark lady
Is probably the most famous of all the sonnets
There has been a debate on whether this sonnet should be taken seriously or as amusing
Question of Authorship
There has been much debate in if Shakespeare truly wrote all that he is given credit for.
Many people say that the “true Shakespeare’s” are Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, Edward de Vere, Sir Henry Neville
Michael J. Cummings claims that Shakespeare used his nickname “Will” in sonnet 135 as a pun and also indirectly identifies himself as the author of the poem.