Early Modern Sonneteers

BookEarly Modern Sonneteers

Early Modern Sonneteers

From Wyatt to Milton

Writers and Their Work


June 1st, 2001





This book provides a clear account of the development and the scope of the sonnet form in Britain. Each major British writer of sonnets is mentioned, with a brief bibliographical note, a bibliography and a critical assessment with generous quotation of sonnets. A short account of the invention and development of the sonnet in Italy begins the book. The study is designed for students with no special knowledge of the subject and gives advice for further study.


Author Information

Michael Spiller is the Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. Previously he has lectured in English at many UK and European establishments and has also been the EEC Eramus Programme organizer 1990-1995. His publications include The Development of the Sonnet (Routledge, 1992), The Sonnet Sequence: A Study of Strategies (Twayne’s Studies in Literary Themes and Genres, 1997).