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Counter Reassessing Shakespeare as a poet and dramatist, Patrick Cheney contests critical preoccupation with Shakespeare as "a man of the theatre" by reclaiming his original standing as an early modern author. Cheney considers him as a working dramatist who composed extraordinary poems and traces Shakespeare's literary origins to his favorite author, Ovid. Although the book concentrates on Shakespeare's poems, it makes frequent reference to the plays, and ranges widely through the work of other Renaissance writers.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Poetic works, Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Criticism and interpretation, Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Knowledge Literature, Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Contemporaries, Ovid, 43 B, C, -17 or 18 A, D, Influence, Authorship History 16th century, English poetry Roman influences, Renaissance England