Shakespeare, A Lovers Complaint, and John Davies of Hereford by Brian VickersShakespeare, A Lovers Complaint, and John Davies of Hereford by Brian Vickers

Shakespeare, A Lovers Complaint, and John Davies of Hereford

byBrian Vickers

Paperback | July 14, 2011

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When Shakespeare's Sonnets were published in 1609 a poem called A Lover's Complaint was included by the publisher, Thomas Thorpe, who was notorious for several irregular publications. Many scholars have doubted its authenticity, but recent editions of the Sonnets have accepted it as Shakespeare's work. Now Vickers, in this 2007 text, first full study of the poem, shows it to be un-Shakespearian both in its language and in its attitude to women. It is awkwardly constructed and uses archaic Spenserian diction, including many unusual words that never occur in Shakespeare. It frequently repeats stock phrases and rhymes, distorts normal word order far more often and more clumsily than Shakespeare did, while its attitude to female frailty is moralizing and misogynistic. By close analysis Vickers attributes the poem to John Davies of Hereford (1565-1618), a famous calligrapher and writing-master who was also a prolific poet. Vickers' book will re-define the Shakespeare canon.
Title:Shakespeare, A Lovers Complaint, and John Davies of HerefordFormat:PaperbackDimensions:342 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:July 14, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521349613

ISBN - 13:9780521349611

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Table of Contents

1. Thomas Thorpe and the 1609 Sonnets; Part I. Background: 2. John Davies of Hereford: a life of writing; 3. A Lover's Complaint and Spenserian pastoral; 4. 'Poore women's faults': narration and judgement in the Female Complaint; Part II. Foreground: 5. A poem anatomized: the rival claims: 1. Diction, 2. Rhetoric, 3. Metaphor; 4. Compositio; 5. Verse form; 6. A Lover's Complaint in Davies's canon: 1. Diction, 2. Rhetoric, 3. Metaphor, 4. Verse form; Appendix 1: the text of A Lover's Complaint; Appendix 2: John Davies, Uncollected Poems; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

"It's hardly possible not to be convinced (swept away even) by the thoroughness and passion of Vickers's argument. I'm happy to acknowledge myself a convert...An invaluable section of the book demonstrates the degree to which Shakespeare's alleged linguistic innovations can be found all over the place in that 'remarkably fruitful period of linguistic expansion' in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries."- Michael Taylor, Shakespeare Survey Vol. 61