A Choice of Shakespeare's Verse

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Shakespeare's best as chosen by the great English poet


"According to most anthologies, [Shakespeare] wrote only sonnets and songs for his plays. The reason for this [is the] reluctance of anthologists to break into the sacred precincts of his drama and start looting portable chunks . . . Yet when he great speeches of his plays are taken out of context they are no more difficult to understand and appropriate ...

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Overview


Shakespeare's best as chosen by the great English poet


"According to most anthologies, [Shakespeare] wrote only sonnets and songs for his plays. The reason for this [is the] reluctance of anthologists to break into the sacred precincts of his drama and start looting portable chunks . . . Yet when he great speeches of his plays are taken out of context they are no more difficult to understand and appropriate than those by other great poets."

This clear, compact, inviting selection of Shakespeare's verse opens the door to new readers of our greatest writer and deepens lifelong readers' understanding of his work. Ted Hughes spent his life considering Shakespeare's works and drawing on them for his own poetry; his book-length account of Shakespeare's development, Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being, was one of the most distinctive works of literary criticism of recent years.

For this selection, Hughes deliberately took strong, relatively self-contained passages of Shakespeare's verse out of the plays and arranged them in a pattern, like beads on a string, including the best-known songs and sonnets. The result is at once a revealing sequence of Shakespeare's verse and an anthology of his greatest bits--"read in less than a minute, learned in less than five," Hughes remarks in the introduction, and always "capable of striking up a life of their own in the general experience of the reader."

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Editorial Reviews

Steven Ratiner
A Choice of Shakespeare's Verse is a reissue of a book championing the idea (hardly original with Hughes, but wonderfully realized here) that many of the speeches from the Bard's plays can stand, outside their dramatic settings, with the very best of English verse. In this selection, these passages are intermixed with the sonnets, their sources identified only at the book's end. Readers are freed to enter the imaginative realm of each verse, unbound by the characters and action of the plays. In a concluding essay, detailing the religious and social forces that charged the Elizabethan imagination, Hughes makes the most carefully articulated analysis of Shakespeare's poetic language I've ever read.
—The Washington Post
School Library Journal

Adult/High School-Hughes (1930-1998) notes that while countless anthologies and collections have made available Shakespeare's sonnets and songs, few if any have focused on lines from the plays that can stand alone as complete poems. Only a poet of Hughes's stature could put together such an informed and engaging selection of Shakespeare's verse. Rejecting the reluctance of past anthologists, he breaks "into the sacred precincts of his drama" and starts "looting portable chunks." He mixes these dramatic passages with many of the strongest sonnets, arranging them thematically and structurally, creating a sequence of verse that adds new insight to the Shakespeare canon, and new pleasure for readers. This is a unique way of approaching and appreciating Shakespeare. In addition to the 218 "poems," this volume, available in the U.S. for the first time, includes a brief introduction (written in 1991), an index of first lines, and a lengthy (38 pages) "Note" (undated). This note is a brilliant analysis of Shakespeare's solution to the problem of writing to two audiences: the highly educated, language-loving royalty, and the illiterate, action-loving groundlings. Hughes's essay, unfortunately, will likely prove too advanced for average teens, but the bulk of the book, the poems, is sure to please readers who have any appreciation of the plays and sonnets.-Robert Saunderson, Berkeley Public Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374122782
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,512,539
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Hughes (1930-98) produced more than forty books of poetry, prose, drama, translation, and children's literature, including, in his last decade, Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being, Tales from Ovid, and Birthday Letters.

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