English 219: Oct. 27 The Sonnet (1) The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia (London: William Ponsonbie, 1598) Sonnet Themes to Look Out For as the sonnet becomes the premiere form of the alienated intellectual on the borders of power: ambivalence towards the patronage that has the power to make the poet independent, but is also a mark of his dependency; political ambition and poetic ambition are interwoven; one is the vehicle for the other; love and power are often inextricable. the sonnet addresses the beloved, but is often also addressed to others in the coterie ? friends, rivals, advice-givers. Other courtiers participate in and overlook the scene.
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