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the Rape of Lucrece: William Shakespeare: the Rape of Lucrece, a Critical Summary


The Rape of Lucrece

  • William Shakespeare՚s poetical genius is evident in his sonnets, long poems and plays.
  • The Rape of Lucrece, a long poem. However, as Wordsworth had once remarked, “Shakespeare unlocked his heart,” in the sonnets.
  • In the 16th century, when England was thriving in the flourishing ambience set off by the Renaissance, the Italian legends were a prominent part of popular culture.
  • The literature of the period drew heavily upon the Classics, and much of Shakespeare՚s literary contributions followed this popular tendency.
  • The Rape of Lucrece was the second and final of the long narrative poems attributed to William Shakespeare.
  • In the poem, he breathes new life, dimensions and dram…

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Shakespearean Comedy: Twelfth Night: Introduction to William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night; or What You Will- Sources and Summary


Introduction to William Shakespeare

  • William Shakespeare (b. 1564- d. 1616) wrote between 1590 and 1613, an age that enjoyed political, social and economic ease compared to the years that preceded and would succeed it.
  • Shakespeare՚s comedies bestow a …

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