Naming Thy Name

Cross Talk in Shakespeare's Sonnets by Elaine Scarry

  • Published: Oct 06, 2020

A fascinating case for the identity of Shakespeares beautiful young man SHAKESPEARES SONNETS ARE indisputably the most enigmatic and enduring love poems written in English. They also may be the most often argued-over sequence of love poems in any language.... read more

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Details of Naming Thy Name

Exact title of the book
Naming Thy Name
Book author
Elaine Scarry
ISBN
9780374713867
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Nov 29, 2016
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
2736 kB

Some brief overview of book

A fascinating case for the identity of Shakespeares beautiful young man SHAKESPEARES SONNETS ARE indisputably the most enigmatic and enduring love poems written in English. They also may be the most often argued-over sequence of love poems in any language. But what is it that continues to elude us?

While it is in part the spellbinding incantations, the hide-and-seek of sound and meaning, it is also the mystery of the noble youth to whom Shakespeare makes a promisethe promise that the youth will survive in the breath and speech and minds of all those who read these sonnets. "How can such promises be fulfilled if no name is actually given?" Elaine Scarry asks. This book is the answer.

Naming Thy Name lays bare William Shakespeares devotion to a beloved whom he not only names but names repeatedly in the microtexture of the sonnets, in their architecture, and in their deep fabric, immortalizing a love affair. By naming his name, Scarry enables us to hear clearly, for the very first time, a lovers call and the beloveds response. Here, over the course of many poems, are two poets in conversation, in love, speaking and listening, writing and writing back.

In a true work of alchemy, Scarry, one of Americas most innovative and passionate thinkers, brilliantly synthesizes textual analysis, literary criticism, and historiography in pursuit of the haunting call and recall of Shakespeares verse and that of his (now at last named) beloved friend.

About author

Scarry is the Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. Her book The Body in Pain was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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