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Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

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Volume 2013, Issue 195


Shakespeare's first sonnet: Reading through repetitions

Yair Neuman
Published Online: 2013-06-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2013-0041


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.

Keywords: semiotics; psychoanalysis; Shakespeare; repetition; culture

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Yair Neuman

Yair Neuman (b. 1968) is an associate professor at Ben-Gurion University 〈 〉. His research interests include semiotics, psychology, psychoanalysis, and information technology. His publications include Reviving the living: Meaning making in living systems (2008).

Ben-Gurion University

Published Online: 2013-06-07

Published in Print: 2013-06-06

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2013, Issue 195, Pages 119–126, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2013-0041.

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