Shakespeare Sonnets

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This new edition focuses on the Sonnets as poetry - sometimes strikingly individual poems, but often subtly interlinked in thematic, imagistic and other groupings. Gwynne Evans and Anthony Hecht also address the many questions that cast a veil of mystery over the genesis of the Sonnets: to what extent are they autobiographical? What is the nature of the 'love', strongly expressed, between the 'poet', the 'youth' and the 'Dark Lady'? Can they, apart from the poet, be identified? Who is the 'rival poet'? When were ...
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Overview

This new edition focuses on the Sonnets as poetry - sometimes strikingly individual poems, but often subtly interlinked in thematic, imagistic and other groupings. Gwynne Evans and Anthony Hecht also address the many questions that cast a veil of mystery over the genesis of the Sonnets: to what extent are they autobiographical? What is the nature of the 'love', strongly expressed, between the 'poet', the 'youth' and the 'Dark Lady'? Can they, apart from the poet, be identified? Who is the 'rival poet'? When were the Sonnets written and in what order? What were the circumstances surrounding their publication?

Shakespeare's ever-popular love poems are illustrated with enchanting paintings by the noted Edwardian artist Charles Robinson.

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Shakespeare is again the hottest ticket in town: he has been voted the person of the millennium in Great Britain, while an Oscar-nominated film about his love life is burning up box offices. Along with being the world's greatest playwright, his unparalleled genius for rhyme and meter make him also one of the greatest poets, evidenced by the 154 sonnets he penned throughout his life. This beautiful hardcover offers them all, with illustrations and an index of first lines. A real top-shelf edition.
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This lovely little volume contains all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets, all strikingly beautiful poetry that was written throughout the Bard's life. Each sonnet is presented on its own page with a surrounding leaf design, so the sonnets stand on their own as individual works. Love, betrayal, despair, commitment, regret, spirituality, life, and death are explored in this eloquent poems penned by the greatest playwright and poet in the English language. Contains an index of first lines. 5" x 7 1/2".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517072318
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/20/1992
  • Pages: 96

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
List of abbreviations and conventions
Introduction 1
Note on the text 29
The Sonnets 31
Introduction to the Commentary 110
Commentary 115
Textual analysis 275
Appendix: Manuscript copies of the Sonnets 286
Reading list 291
Index of first lines 294
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