Tainted exchange: Giving truth in Shakespeare's sonnets

Scott, Alison (2004) Tainted exchange: Giving truth in Shakespeare's sonnets. AUMLA : Journal of the Australasian Universities Modern Language Association, 101: 1-24.

Author Scott, Alison
Title Tainted exchange: Giving truth in Shakespeare's sonnets
Journal name AUMLA : Journal of the Australasian Universities Modern Language Association   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-2793
Publication date 2004-05
Year available 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
Issue 101
Start page 1
End page 24
Total pages 24
Editor Peter Goodall
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association
Language eng
Subject 200503 British and Irish Literature
Abstract The young man in Shakespeare's Sonnets is lauded as a container of "truth and beauty," while on the other hand, the speaker claims that his verse truly represents his addressee's worth. However, engaged as he is in an attempt to persuade the young man to reciprocate the gifts of nature and of his "true-telling" friend, the speaker reveals a self-interested agenda for praise that contradicts his assertion of unbiased truth. Here, Scott examines the complex, often paradoxical connections between giving, truth and representation, which the speaker's attempt to give "truth" expose in Shakespeare's Sonnets.
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