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Cummings Sonnet To Be Published

Peter Cummings, 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 ten in a set called, “Shakespeare and Italy: Sonnets on the Travel Problem.” The editors are limited in space for poetry, so they have offered to include the following note: “This poem is the title sonnet in a set of ten 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.