The Sonnets and Narrative Poems (Everyman's Library)

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If William Shakespeare had never written a single play, if his reputation rested entirely upon the substantial and sterling body of nondramatic verse he left behind, he would still hold the position he does in the hierarchy of world literature. The strikingly modern sonnets–intimate, baroque, and expansive at once; the invigorating narratives drawn from classical subjects; and the flawless lyricism represented by a poem like “The Phoenix and the Turtle”–permanently deepen our understanding of the multiplicity and...

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Overview

If William Shakespeare had never written a single play, if his reputation rested entirely upon the substantial and sterling body of nondramatic verse he left behind, he would still hold the position he does in the hierarchy of world literature. The strikingly modern sonnets–intimate, baroque, and expansive at once; the invigorating narratives drawn from classical subjects; and the flawless lyricism represented by a poem like “The Phoenix and the Turtle”–permanently deepen our understanding of the multiplicity and extravagant energy of our greatest poet.

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“Shakespeare has deliberately opened up the ­two-­character form he inherited and, as the dramatist he would become, populated the ­love-­sequence in new and drastically more interesting ways . . . In inventive metaphorical reach alone, Shakespeare excels his predecessors . . . [He] makes the ­sonnet-­voice ampler and more psychologically convincing than ever before.” –from the Introduction by Helen Vendler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679417415
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Series: Everyman's Library
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 687,487
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Classic

    I bought this specific version of Shakespeare's sonnets and narrative poems for my mother's birthday because, aside form the fact that she loves Shakespeare, I wanted to give her something that was timelessly classic--just like her. If you plan on gifting Shakespeare's sonnets to someone or just want to have a copy for yourself I would strongly recommend this version over other ones. This Knopf Doubleday edition is classic literature printed in a classic, beautiful and quality hardcover format. The binding, pages and typeface really set this book apart, as do the extremely informative (and interesting) introduction, chronology and footnotes. This one is a definite keeper!

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