Shakespeare's Sonnets

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sonnets, English

Page: 316

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Shakespeare's Sonnets have caused endless debate and speculation: who is the dark lady, who is the 'only begetter'; and what light do the poems shed on the life of the poet? Yet the sonnets themselves can be enjoyed for their lyricism rather than their intention. jealousy and of lust - the sonnets encompass a huge range of human emotion beautifully expressed within the restrictions of the form. Some, such as 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day' or 'Let me not to the marriage of true minds' will be instantly familiar to readers, while others, equally rich in imagery, are less well known. Together they form a powerful meditation on the nature of love, marriage, beauty and time.

The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works

Author: William Shakespeare,Richard Proudfoot,Ann Thompson,David Scott Kastan

Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA

ISBN: 9781903436394

Category: Drama

Page: 1344

View: 3172

A general introduction, also by the Arden General Editors, gives the reader an overall view of how and why Shakespeare has become such an influential cultural icon, and how perceptions of his work have changed in the intervening four centuries. The introduction summarises the known facts about the dramatist's life, his reading and use of sources, and the nature of theatrical performance during his lifetime.

Shakespeare's Sonnets


Author: Katherine Duncan-Jones

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408143550

Category: Drama

Page: 512

View: 3764

Shakespeare's Sonnets are universally loved and much-quoted throughout the world. First published in 1997 to much critical acclaim, the Sonnets has been a consistent best-seller in the Arden Shakespeare series. Katherine Duncan-Jones tackles the controversies and mysteries surrounding these beautiful poems head on, and explores the issues of sexuality to be found in them, making this a truly modern edition for today's readers and students. This revised edition has been updated and corrected in the light of new scholarship and critical thinking since its first publication.

The Sonnets: The State of Play

Author: Hannah Crawforth,Elizabeth Scott-Baumann,Clare Whitehead

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474277152

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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Shakespeare's Sonnets both generate and demonstrate many of today's most pressing debates about Shakespeare and poetry. They explore history and aesthetics, gender and society, time and memory, and continue to invite divergent responses from critics and poets. This freeze-frame volume showcases the range of current debate and ideas surrounding these still startling poems. Each chapter has been carefully selected for its originality and relevance to the needs of students, teachers, and researchers. Key themes and topics covered include: Textual issues and editing the sonnets Reception, interpretation and critical history of the sonnets The place of the sonnets in teaching Critical approaches and close reading Memorialisation and monument-making Contemporary poetry and the Sonnets All the essays offer new perspectives and combine to give readers an up-to-date understanding of what is exciting and challenging about Shakespeare's Sonnets. The approach, based on an individual poetic form, reflects how the sonnets are most commonly studied and taught.

Shakespeare's Sonnets

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 143911708X

Category: Drama

Page: 432

View: 5981

A bestselling, beautifully designed edition of William Shakespeare’s sonnets, complete with valuable tools for educators. The authoritative edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes: -Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on the facing page of each sonnet -A brief introduction to each sonnet, providing insight into its possible meaning -An index of first lines -Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the sonnets The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit

On Shakespeare's Sonnets

A Poets' Celebration

Author: Hannah Crawforth,Elizabeth Scott-Baumann

Publisher: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare

ISBN: 9781474221580

Category: Poetry

Page: 112

View: 6486

In the four hundred years since Shakespeare's death, the Sonnets have invited imitation, homage, critique, parody and pastiche. These new poems probe our relationship to the Sonnets' intricate form and ambitious scope, their investigation of sexuality, wit, memory and poetic survival. These sonnets and longer lyrics explore what it means to write 'on Shakespeare's Sonnets' in the 21st century. Published in association with the Royal Society of Literature contributing poets include: Andrew Motion, Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Paul Muldoon, Ruth Padel, Simon Armitage, Roger McGough and Jo Shapcott.

The Complete Sonnets and Poems

Author: William Shakespeare,Colin Burrow

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198184317

Category: Poetry

Page: 750

View: 6375

'This Complete Sonnets and Poems is a distinguished addition to a distinguished series. It will repay continuing study, and act as a valuable point of reference for readers concerned more generally with Shakespeare's art and language. Colin Burrow's good sense, tact and balance as aneditor are deeply impressive.' -H. R. Woudhuysen, Times Literary SupplementThis is the only fully annotated and modernized edition to bring together Shakespeare's Sonnets as well as all his poems (including those attributed to him after his death). A full introduction discusses his development as a poet, and how the poems relate to his plays; detailed notes explain the language and allusions in clear modern English. While accessibly written, the edition takes account of the most recent scholarship and criticism.

Shakespeare: An Ungentle Life

Author: Katherine Duncan-Jones

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408138069

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

View: 369

'[A] deeply considered and stimulating book, informed throughout by the author's intimate knowledge of the literature and society of Shakespeare's age... ' Stanley Wells, TLS 'It is unquestionably the best Shakespearean biography of the new century' Jonathan Bate, Sunday Telegraph This major biography of Shakespeare was first published in 2001 to great critical acclaim. It remains highly regarded and much cited by critics and scholars. Its author, Katherine Duncan Jones was an advisor to William Boyd for his film about Shakespeare's life (A Waste of Shame). The book shows Shakespeare as a man among men and a writer among writers. He lives in a congested city, where he encounters disease, debt and cut-throat competition. His brilliance often makes him the object of envy and malice rather than adulation. He is a shrewd purchaser of property and shows no inclination to divert any of his wealth to charitable or altruistic ends. He appears to be more interested in relationships with well-born young men than with women. Duncan Jones takes us through the complexities of life in late Elizabethan and early Jacobean England in a compelling well-told story. For this paperback reissue, the author has written a new Preface, detailing some of the recent debates about Shakespeare's biography and identity.

Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets

A New Commentary

Author: Don Paterson

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571263992

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 528

View: 7052

Shakespeare's Sonnets are as important and vital today as they were when first published four hundred years ago. Perhaps no collection of verse before or since has so captured the imagination of readers and lovers; certainly no poem has come under such intense critical scrutiny, and presented the reader with such a bewildering number of alternative interpretations. In this illuminating and often irreverent guide, Don Paterson offers a fresh and direct approach to the Sonnets, asking what they can still mean to the twenty-first century reader. In a series of fascinating and highly entertaining commentaries placed alongside the poems themselves, Don Paterson discusses the meaning, technique, hidden structure and feverish narrative of the Sonnets, as well as the difficulties they present for the modern reader. Most importantly, however, he looks at what they tell us about William Shakespeare the lover - and what they might still tell us about ourselves. Full of energetic analysis, plain-English translations and challenging mini-essays on the craft of poetry - not to mention some wild speculation - this approachable handbook to the Sonnets offers an indispensable insight into our greatest Elizabethan writer by one of the leading poets of our own day.

The Life in the Sonnets

Author: David Fuller

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441192123

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 134

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A passionately argued account of the value of experience and emotion in reading Shakespeare's sonnets and of the importance of reading poetry aloud.

The Illustrated Sonnets of William Shakespeare

With 154 Full-Page Illustrations

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781456564384

Category: Poetry

Page: 316

View: 492

Shakespeare's sonnets rank among his best works, and are regarded as some of the finest love poetry in the English language. This volume contains the complete text of all 154 sonnets in a large, oversized edition (8"x10"), and has a corresponding image for each poem. Each image has been carefully selected to correspond to the sonnet, and features art by Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Gustav Klimt, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt, Johannes Vermeer, Michelangelo, Paul Cezanne, Leonardo da Vinci, Camille Pissarro, Henri Matisse, Albrecht Durer, Odilon Redon, Ansel Adams, James Whistler, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Gustave Dore, Rembrandt, Titian, Paul Gaugin, N.C. Wyeth, Francisco Goya, Aubrey Beardsley, Alfons Mucha, William Hogarth, and many, many more. The perfect gift for art and poetry lovers alike.

The Sonnets

Author: Harold Bloom,Brett Foster

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438112599

Category: Sonnets, English

Page: 388

View: 6707

Shakespeare's 154 sonnets describe aspects of two different loves experienced by the speaker, and is considered among the best verses in the English language. This invaluable new study guide contains a selection of the best criticism through the centuries of Shakespeare's sonnets. Students will benefit from the abundant features included in this volume, such as an introduction by Harold Bloom, analysis of key lines, and more.

Ideas of Order

A Close Reading of Shakespeare's Sonnets

Author: Neil L. Rudenstine

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0374280150

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 5710

Counsels readers on the art of pleasurably enjoying Shakespeare's poetry, making a case for the existence of a dramatic, underlying narrative within the poems that relates them to each other and reflects thematic, transformative realities in the bard's personal life.


Revised Edition

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474273882

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 688

View: 8780

This Arden edition of Hamlet, arguably Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, presents an authoritative, modernized text based on the Second Quarto text with a new introductory essay covering key productions and criticism in the decade since its first publication. A timely up-date in the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare's death which will ensure the Arden edition continues to offer students a comprehensive and current critical account of the play, alongside the most reliable and fully-annotated text available.

Shakespeare's Sonnets & Poems

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501128876

Category: Drama

Page: 704

View: 8791

A bestselling, beautifully designed edition of William Shakespeare’s sonnets and poems, complete with valuable tools for educators. The authoritative edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Poems from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes: -Full explanatory notes conveniently linked to the text of each sonnet and poem -A brief introduction to each sonnet and poem, providing insight into its possible meaning -An index of first lines -Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the sonnets The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit


Third Series

Author: William Shakespeare,Katherine Duncan-Jones,H. R. Woudhuysen

Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA

ISBN: 9781903436868

Category: Drama

Page: 593

View: 8892

In 1593 Shakespeare awoke and found himself famous. Lines from his comic, erotic, tragic poem Venus and Adonis were on everyoneÂ's lips.The appearance in 1594 of the darkly reflective and richly descriptive Rape of Lucrece confirmed his fame as 'Sweet Master Shakespeare', Elizabethan England's most brilliant non-dramatic poet. Shorter poems in this volume testify further to ShakespeareÂ's versatility and to his poetic fame. Some, like the much-debated Â'Phoenix and TurtleÂ', pose problems of meaning; others raise questions about authorship and authenticity. Detailed annotation and a full Introduction seek to resolve such difficulties while also locating Shakespeare's poems in their literary context, which includes his own career as a playwright.

So Long as Men Can Breathe

The Untold Story of Shakespeare's Sonnets

Author: Clinton Heylin

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 9780786747450

Category: Poetry

Page: 280

View: 2190

In this lively, fascinating account of the publication of Shakespeare's Sonnets, noted biographer Clinton Heylin brings their convoluted history to light, beginning with the first complete appearance of the Sonnets in print in May, 1609. He introduces us to the "unholy alliance" involved in this precarious enterprise: Thomas Thorpe, the publisher, a self-described "well wishing adventurer;" George Eld, the printer, heavily embroiled in large-scale pirating; William Aspley, the prestigious bookseller, who mysteriously ended his association with Thorpe soon after. Leaving the calamitous world of Elizabethan publishing, Heylin goes on to chart the many editions of the Sonnets through the years and the editorial decisions that led to their present configuration. Passionate, astute, and brilliantly entertaining, the result is a concise and vivid history of perhaps the greatest poetry ever written.

Naming Thy Name

Cross Talk in Shakespeare's Sonnets

Author: Elaine Scarry

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374713863

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 2748

A fascinating case for the identity of Shakespeare’s beautiful young man SHAKESPEARE’S SONNETS ARE indisputably the most enigmatic and enduring love poems written in English. They also may be the most often argued-over sequence of love poems in any language. But what is it that continues to elude us? While it is in part the spellbinding incantations, the hide-and-seek of sound and meaning, it is also the mystery of the noble youth to whom Shakespeare makes a promise—the promise that the youth will survive in the breath and speech and minds of all those who read these sonnets. “How can such promises be fulfilled if no name is actually given?” Elaine Scarry asks. This book is the answer. Naming Thy Name lays bare William Shakespeare’s devotion to a beloved whom he not only names but names repeatedly in the microtexture of the sonnets, in their architecture, and in their deep fabric, immortalizing a love affair. By naming his name, Scarry enables us to hear clearly, for the very first time, a lover’s call and the beloved’s response. Here, over the course of many poems, are two poets in conversation, in love, speaking and listening, writing and writing back. In a true work of alchemy, Scarry, one of America’s most innovative and passionate thinkers, brilliantly synthesizes textual analysis, literary criticism, and historiography in pursuit of the haunting call and recall of Shakespeare’s verse and that of his (now at last named) beloved friend.