This unusual study takes as its starting point a close reading of two of Shakespeare's sonnet, Sonnet 20: "A woman's face with nature's own hand painted has thou the master mistress of my passion," and Sonnet 62: "Sin of self-love posesseth all mine eye" and from these sonnets develops the major themes of poems, among them: the Poet's war with Time and Death, the separation of the Poet's love, which is largely homosexual from his sexuality which is heterosexual and his unambivalent love of nature. Gifted poets wrestling with inner forces can often express in metaphor ideas which do not yet exist in conceptual language. The Sonnets abound in magnificent metaphors and many of them can be understood, now, in the conceptual language developed by psychoanalysis. This understanding, far from reducing the pleasure in the Sonnets, adds to them by giving us an understanding of the interplay of the themes and the astounding half-hidden things the Poet is telling us about love and about himself. As a byproduct, the reader will emerge with an appreciation of some of the lesser-known concepts in psychoanalysis as well as a thorough grasp of the Sonnets.
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