Shakespeare's first sonnet: Reading through repetitions

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Repetition is of interest to both psychoanalysis and poetry. In this paper, I read Shakespeare's first sonnet through a unique form of repetition - the rhyme. More specifically, and from a semiotic perspective, I read the rhyme in Shakespeare's sonnet as a sign uncovering unconscious conflicts concerning objects' relations. This interpretation locates banned masturbation, a major theme of the sonnet, within three resonating threads: The socio-cultural context, the psychological context of internal object relationships, and the context of poetic creativity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-126
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 4 Dec 2013


  • Culture
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Repetition
  • Semiotics
  • Shakespeare

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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