Shakespeare's Sonnets / Edition 1

Shakespeare's Sonnets / Edition 1

by Paul Edmondson, Stanley Wells
     
 

Shakespeare's Sonnets are among the most fascinating poems in the English language. They are central to an understanding of his life and work as both poet and poetic dramatist. Yet many myths and superstitions have arisen around them. This book challenges assumptions and encourages fresh readings of these poems. Edmondson and Wells consider the Sonnets both as… See more details below

Overview

Shakespeare's Sonnets are among the most fascinating poems in the English language. They are central to an understanding of his life and work as both poet and poetic dramatist. Yet many myths and superstitions have arisen around them. This book challenges assumptions and encourages fresh readings of these poems. Edmondson and Wells consider the Sonnets both as individual works and in relation to each other. A feature of the book is its survey of the Sonnets' reputation, their appropriation by other creative writers, and their status and potential as texts to be performed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199256112
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/09/2004
Series:
Oxford Shakespeare Topics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1The early publication of the sonnets3
2The history and emergence of the sonnet as a literary form13
3The sonnets in relation to Shakespeare's life22
4The form of Shakespeare's sonnets28
5The artistry of Shakespeare's sonnets47
6Concerns of the sonnets63
7The sonnets as theatre82
8The place of 'A lover's complaint'105
9The later publication of the sonnets117
10The critical reputation of the sonnets131
11The sonnets and later writers145
12The sonnets in performance166

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