The Complete Sonnets and Poems / Edition 1

The Complete Sonnets and Poems / Edition 1

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by William Shakespeare, Colin Burrow
     
 

ISBN-10: 019818431X

ISBN-13: 9780198184317

Pub. Date: 04/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"Shakespeare's Sonnets are among the most complex and beautiful poems ever written. Their exploration of love, praise, homo- and hetero-sexual desire is enacted in the richest, densest writing in English. And the first printed work to which Shakespeare's name was attached was the erotic narrative poem, Venus and Adonis, which developed a sumptuous vocabulary in which…  See more details below

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"Shakespeare's Sonnets are among the most complex and beautiful poems ever written. Their exploration of love, praise, homo- and hetero-sexual desire is enacted in the richest, densest writing in English. And the first printed work to which Shakespeare's name was attached was the erotic narrative poem, Venus and Adonis, which developed a sumptuous vocabulary in which to explore love, praise of the beloved, sexual desire, and the power of rhetoric. That poem was so popular that most of Shakespeare's contemporaries thought of him as primarily a poet, rather than a playwright. Yet despite the power of Shakespeare's poems, and their foundational place within his oeuvre, modern readers have seldom been encouraged to engage with his non-dramatic works as a whole. This new edition explains how this state of affairs has arisen, and why it needs to be changed." The volume contains the complete Sonnets and poems with a full commentary. An extensive and lively introduction explores Shakespeare's poetic development, and shows how the poems relate to each other and to his dramatic works.

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ISBN-13:
9780198184317
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Series:
Oxford Shakespeare Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
762
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.80(h) x 2.00(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction1
Venus and Adonis171
Lucrece237
The Passionate Pilgrim339
'Let the Bird of Loudest Lay'371
Shakespeare's Sonnets379
A Lover's Complaint693
AppPoems Attributed to Shakespeare in the Seventeenth Century719
Index729
Index of First Lines748

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