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Introduction To Shakespeare's Poems
     

Introduction To Shakespeare's Poems

by Peter Hyland
 

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While it is widely acknowledged that Shakespeare is the most important poet to have written in English, most people think of his poetry as the verse that is written in his plays. Apart from a few of the Sonnets, Shakespeare's non-dramatic poems are hardly familiar at all -- yet it is possible that he considered them of greater literary merit than his dramatic works.

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While it is widely acknowledged that Shakespeare is the most important poet to have written in English, most people think of his poetry as the verse that is written in his plays. Apart from a few of the Sonnets, Shakespeare's non-dramatic poems are hardly familiar at all -- yet it is possible that he considered them of greater literary merit than his dramatic works. An Introduction to Shakespeare's Poems provides a lively, informative and up-to-date guide to Shakespeare's non-dramatic poetry, including the two narrative poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece, the Sonnets, and various minor poems, some of which have only recently, and controversially, been attributed to the Bard. Peter Hyland locates Shakespeare as a sceptical voice within the turbulent and often hostile Elizabethan market-place in which professional poets had to work, rather than depicting him as a transmitter of elitist principles. Hyland relates the poems to the aesthetic tastes, social values and political concerns of the time, and explores what Shakespeare's poetry has to offer to the twenty-first century reader.

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"Hyland's book will appeal to anyone interested in a solid and comprehensive introduction to Shakespeare's non-dramatic works."--J.S. Carducci, Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333725924
Publisher:
Macmillan Education UK
Publication date:
01/18/2003
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

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'This was a thoroughly readable and student-friendly text, bringing together comment upon the whole range of Shakespeare's poetry in the course of one book. The book places the Sonnets in proportion, and establishes the poetic context very well indeed.' - Dr Chris Meads, University College Worcester

'Hyland's book will appeal to anyone interested in a solid and comprehensive introduction to Shakespeare's non-dramatic works.' - J.S. Carducci, Choice

'...readable, well-informed and...persuasive...' - Paul Dean, The Use of English

'The book ...is an approachable and enjoyable as well as informative read that gives the scholar, general reader or first-time student an excellent basis for understanding and interpreting Shakespeare's non-dramatic poetry.' - John Holmes, University of Reading

Meet the Author

PETER HYLAND has taught in England, Norway, Iran, Japan and Singapore. He is Professor of English at Huron University College, Ontario, Canada, and has published numerous books and articles on early modern English theatre and literature.

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