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date: 27 January 2022

p. 11. Poet and playwrightlocked

p. 11. Poet and playwrightlocked

  • Jonathan F. S. Post


‘Poet and playwright’ explains that, in many regards, the single most important point about Shakespeare’s double life as poet and playwright is how fruitful this generic crisscrossing was for him artistically. His poems and sonnets have an earthy, psychological, and theatrical element to them rarely found among his more exclusively elite poetic contemporaries like Spenser and Samuel Daniel. Shakespeare wrote poems to connect with the elite and the financial rewards that might come from patronage. He wrote drama to survive. However, from the period 1593-1623, the narrative poems constituted an astonishing 40 per cent of all Shakespeare’s published works.

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