"Perhaps the strongest argument of the book is that poetry should not be seen as either a secondary discourse that needs to be read against the real world of political and economic activity, or as a transcendent work of art that bears no relationship to anything other than itself. Rather, poetry was a means of articulating problems and furthering debate."

From Andrew Hadfield's review of Sonnet Sequences and Social Distinction in Renaissance England by Christopher Warley, CUP, in TLS, Feb 3 2006, p.30.

The book, apparently, argues that sonnet sequences, popular in Elizabethan and Jacobean times, were a response by poets to their social (ie class) position.

Hmm. I'm in a bit of a sonnet 'sequence' myself. In that, I'm writing a damn lot of them. Bend them, shape them, anyway I want them - kind of thing. A class struggle? How knows?


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