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Shakespeare's first sonnet: Reading through repetitions

Yair Neuman
From the journal Semiotica


Repetition is of interest to both psychoanalysis and poetry. In this paper, I read Shakespeare's first sonnet through a unique form of repetition – the rhyme. More specifically, and from a semiotic perspective, I read the rhyme in Shakespeare's sonnet as a sign uncovering unconscious conflicts concerning objects' relations. This interpretation locates banned masturbation, a major theme of the sonnet, within three resonating threads: the socio-cultural context, the psychological context of internal object relationships, and the context of poetic creativity.

Ben-Gurion University

Published Online: 2013-06-07
Published in Print: 2013-06-06

©[2013] by Walter de Gruyter Berlin Boston

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