Shakespeare's Sonnets, and A Lover's Complaint

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The most famous collection of love poems in the English language, Shakespeare's Sonnets have spoken to generations of readers who have turned to them again and again when searching for supreme expressions of love. Covering a whole range of emotions from joy to anguish, these sonnets reveal the beauty, power, inventiveness, and originality of Shakespeare's verse.
The collection depicts in beautiful, poignant, and intriguing language the poet's celebration of his passionate ...
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Overview


The most famous collection of love poems in the English language, Shakespeare's Sonnets have spoken to generations of readers who have turned to them again and again when searching for supreme expressions of love. Covering a whole range of emotions from joy to anguish, these sonnets reveal the beauty, power, inventiveness, and originality of Shakespeare's verse.
The collection depicts in beautiful, poignant, and intriguing language the poet's celebration of his passionate friendship with a young man, his grief over a friend's seduction by his own mistress, his chagrin at the friend's relationship with a rival poet, and, in the final group of poems, his own humiliating infatuation with "a woman colored ill"--the Dark Lady who has tempted his "better angel" from him.
Lyrically beautiful and psychologically fascinating, the sonnets both appeal as individual poems, and as an intricately related sequence. This volume presents all the sonnets in a freshly edited text and includes a few little-known alternative versions.
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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: 9780192804464
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/8/2003
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,003,079
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Wells is Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Professor of Shakespeare Studies, and Director of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, 1988-97, now Emeritus Professor. He is one of the foremost Shakespeare scholars of his generation. He has edited The Complete Oxford Shakespeare, An Oxford Anthology of Shakespeare, and The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare, amongst others.

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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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