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Oxford Summer School - Shakespeare's Sonnets, 7-14 August 2021, UK

Publish Date: Jan 24, 2021

Deadline: Feb 28, 2021

Event Dates: from Aug 07, 2021 12:00 to Aug 14, 2021 12:00


Shakespeare's Sonnets


A close study of Shakespeare’s sonnets, attention to the genre, detailed analysis of the language, consideration of the major themes of love, time, art, appearance and reality, and discussion of the connections between the poems and the plays.  

Programme details

Session 1


Session 2

Sonnets 1-17  

Session 3

Sonnets 18-30  

Session 4

Sonnets 31-55 

Session 5

Sonnets 56-70  

Session 6

Sonnets 71-87 

Session 7

Sonnets 88-98 

Session 8

Sonnets 99-117  

Session 9

Sonnets 117-126 

Session 10

Sonnets 127-141  

Session 11

Sonnets 142-154  

Session 12

Concluding Discussion 


Dr Priscilla Martin


Priscilla Martin teaches English Literatue and Classics.  Her publications include books on Chaucer, Langland, Shakespeare, Iris Murdoch, articles on the Gawain-poet, Tyndale and twentieth-century novelists; and a novel.

Course aims

This course aims to familiarise students with Shakespeare’s sonnets and their place in his career and to develop skills in reading, discussing and writing about poetry. 

Teaching methods

All summer school courses are taught through group seminars and individual tutorials. Students also conduct private study when not in class and there is a well stocked library at OUDCE to support individual research needs.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to have gained and/or developed the following skills:

  • Increased knowledge of Shakespeare’s career, poems, plays and themes
  • Further appreciation of poetry
  • More understanding of Shakespeare’s cultural background

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United Kingdom