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Cummings’ sonnet to be published

Peter Cummings, HWS professor of English and comparative literature, has had a sonnet, “Shakespeare and Italy,” accepted for publication in “The Shakespeare Newsletter,” now a quarterly journal.

The sonnet is the first of 10 in a set called, “Shakespeare and Italy: Sonnets on the Travel Problem.”

The journal's editors are limited in space for poetry, and have offered to include the following note: “This poem is the title sonnet in a set of 10 addressing the still-vexed question of Shakespeare's travel to Italy before he began his 20-year career of writing for the theatre in London.”

The set asserts that he did know Northern Italy firsthand — at least for a short period of time.

The newsletter is published quarterly by the English Department at Iona College in New Rochelle.