Introduction A. D. Cousins and Peter Howarth; 1. Contemporary poets and the sonnet: a trialogue Paul Muldoon, Jeff Hilson and Meg Tyler; 2. The sonnet and the lyric mode Heather Dubrow; 3. The sonnet, subjectivity, and gender Diana Henderson; 4. The English sonnet in manuscript, print and mass media Arthur F. Marotti and Marcelle Freiman; 5. European beginnings and transmissions: Dante, Petrarch, and the sonnet sequence William J. Kennedy; 6. Desire, discontent, parody: the love sonnet in early modern England Catherine Bates; 7. Shakespeare's sonnets A. D. Cousins; 8. Sacred desire, forms of belief: the religious sonnet in early modern Britain Helen Wilcox; 9. Survival and change: the sonnet from Milton to the Romantics R. S. White; 10. The Romantic sonnet Michael O'Neill; 11. The Victorian sonnet Matthew Campbell; 12. The modern sonnet Peter Howarth; 13. The contemporary sonnet Stephen Burt; Bibliography Marea Mitchell.
A team of distinguished poets and scholars provides an authoritative guide to the history and development of the sonnet.
A. D. Cousins is Professor of English at Macquarie University. Peter Howarth teaches in the English Department at Queen Mary, University of London.
'A comprehensive companion to the sonnet in English.' Will
Christie, Australian Book Review
'... The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet bears the hallmarks of its series ... the volume offers a passable introduction to current thinking about its subject, and there are spots of original thinking.' Recent Studies in the English Renaissance
"... The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet bears the hallmarks of its series. While little here is new, the volume offers a passable introduction to current thinking about its subject, and there are spots of original thinking." Recent Studies in the English Renaissance
"A comprehensive companion to the sonnet in English." Professor Will Christie, Australian Book Review