The Sonnets and Narrative Poems (Everyman's Library)

The Sonnets and Narrative Poems (Everyman's Library)

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by William Shakespeare, Sylvan Barnet, William Burto
     
 

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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

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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 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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ISBN-13:
9780679417415
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1992
Series:
Everyman's Library
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
867,705
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.98(d)

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