The Oxford Book of Sonnets

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Alive and well after 450 years in English, the 14-line sonnet is perhaps the best-loved and most versatile of poetic forms. Poets ranging from Shakespeare to Alice Oswald have found it the perfect choice for the expression of intense but controlled feelings. Beginning with Wyatt and ending in the present day,The Oxford Book of Sonnets is a unique treasury of memorable sonnet reflections on love and life.
In a beautiful one-poem-per-page design, Shakespeare's marriage of true ...
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Alive and well after 450 years in English, the 14-line sonnet is perhaps the best-loved and most versatile of poetic forms. Poets ranging from Shakespeare to Alice Oswald have found it the perfect choice for the expression of intense but controlled feelings. Beginning with Wyatt and ending in the present day,The Oxford Book of Sonnets is a unique treasury of memorable sonnet reflections on love and life.
In a beautiful one-poem-per-page design, Shakespeare's marriage of true minds rubs shoulders with John Davies of Herefrod's the late ABC of love, Keats' stout Cortez with Darley's Manrique. Women poets who revived the sonnet in eighteenth century are restored to prominence, and modern poets as diverse as Seamus Heaney, Carol Ann Duffy, and Simon Armitage are well represented. After an expository introduction that traces the sonnet in English from its appearance in the Tudor Court of the sixteenth century through its various historical reinterpretations and eras of popularity, 328 sonnets are arranged in order of the birth date of the poets. Thus, readers have a formidable guide to both the evolution of sonnet writing in English and the distinct voices of major and minor poets that have accepted the form's challenges and expressive power. This book also includes examples of the sonnet sequence as well as more unusual experimentation with form such as Sylvester's quadruple acrostic sonnets to his patron and Leigh Hunt's Iterating Sonnet.
In addition to the aforementioned poets, this collection includes sterling works by Sir Philip Sidney, George Chapman, John Donne, Lady Mary Wroth, George Herbert, John Milton, Aphra Behn, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Matthew Arnold, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, Thomas Hardy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, Robert Frost, Siegrfried Sassoon, Edna St Vincent Millay, Aldous Huxley, Dylan Thomas, Derek Walcott, Seamus Heaney, and many more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192142672
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/1/1900
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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John Fuller, a fellow of Magdalen College, is a well known anthologiser, novelist and poet, with good trade/media profile. He has writen five novels, 13 volumes of poetry, and editied several anthologies including the Chatto Book of Love Poetry.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Whoso list to hunt, I know where is an hind 3
Farewell, love, and all thy laws for ever 4
Unstable dream, according to the place 5
Set me whereas the sun doth parch the green 6
Norfolk sprang thee, Lambeth holds thee dead 7
I saw, sweet Licia, when the spider ran 8
More than most fair, full of the living fire 9
Sweet warrior, when shall I have peace with you? 10
Coming to kiss her lips, such grace I found 11
One day I wrote her name upon the strand 12
Was it a dream, or did I see it plain 13
Sir Walter Ralegh to his son 14
Satan, no woman, yet a wandering spirit? 15
Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show 16
In truth, O Love, with what a boyish kind 17
With how sad steps, O moon, thou climb'st the skies 18
Come, sleep, O sleep, the certain knot of peace 19
O kiss, which dost those ruddy gems impart 20
Yourself the sun, and I the melting frost 21
A Coronet for his Mistress Philosophy 22
Uncivil sickness, hast thou no regard 32
Care-charmer sleep, son of the sable night 33
You not alone, when you are still alone 34
Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part 35
Acrostiteliostichon 36
Shall compare thee to a summer's day? 38
Not marble, nor the gilded monuments 39
Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore 40
Since brass, nor stone nor earth, nor boundless sea 41
That time of year thou mayst in me behold 42
They that have power to hurt, and will do none 43
Let me not to the marriage of true minds 44
Two loves I have of comfort and despair 45
When first I learned the ABC of love 46
It is as true as strange, else trial feigns 47
Give me, fair sweet, the map, well-coloured 48
So shoots a star as doth my mistress glide 49
Thrice toss these oaken ashes in the air 50
Lo here I am, lord, whither with thou send me? 51
Dear, and so worthy both by your desert 52
Jove for Europa's love took shape of bull 53
The Sacred muse that first made love divine 54
I am a little world made cunningly 55
At the round earth's imagined corners, blow 56
Death, be not proud, though some have called thee 57
Batter my heart, three-personed God, for you 58
Show me, dear Christ, the spouse, so bright and clear 59
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