[The end]Edmund Spenser's poem: Amoretti: Sonnet 31
Aperçu du corrigé : Du Bellay - "Les Regrets" - Sonnet 31
Sonnet 31 brings to a pitch the critique of traditional beliefs from sonnets29 and 30. Just as many commentators blithely dismiss the importance ofthe 14 increase sonnets to the logic of the set, they seek to obviate thecritique of traditional beliefs in the three sonnets. But since the increasesonnets are logically placed to introduce the set, it follows that Shakespearewould have articulated the truth and beauty dynamic of sonnets 20 to 126based on the preconditions they establish.
Du Bellay - "Les Regrets" - Sonnet 31
The other night I was re-reading the recently discovered poem , written by the earl in February or March 1601, while he was in the Tower as a condemned man awaiting execution; and unexpectedly several lines of the poem seemed to leap out, reminding me of a passage in Sonnet 31 of the Shakespeare sequence of 1609. A comparison reveals that Southampton, in his “verse-letter” to her Majesty pleading for mercy, expresses virtually the same idea in the same language, as if he had Sonnet 31 with him in his prison room and was being influenced by it.