Sonnets: Poems of Love

Overview

T.S. Eliot once wrote that, "Shakespeare gives the greatest width of human passion," and it is this passion that has traditionally made The Sonnets appealing to literati and laymen alike. Surrounded by mystery, these poems of devotion and jealousy, of a young courtier and a Dark Lady, have been the subject of endless speculation. They are highly mystical and at the same time highly honest; as W. H. Auden wrote, "...what is astonishing about the sonnets, especially when one remembers the age in which they were ...

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Overview

T.S. Eliot once wrote that, "Shakespeare gives the greatest width of human passion," and it is this passion that has traditionally made The Sonnets appealing to literati and laymen alike. Surrounded by mystery, these poems of devotion and jealousy, of a young courtier and a Dark Lady, have been the subject of endless speculation. They are highly mystical and at the same time highly honest; as W. H. Auden wrote, "...what is astonishing about the sonnets, especially when one remembers the age in which they were written, is the impression they make of naked autobiographical confession."

Because they are witty, passionate, personal, and often ever bawdy, The Sonnets stand as one of the greatest poetic tributes ever written to a beloved. Elegantly presented in deluxe edition, these 154 beautiful poems are the perfect gift for any man or woman who has ever been in love.

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

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Editorial Reviews

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"They are the work of someone whose ear is unerring." —W.H. Auden

"He is writing about the world, the largeness of which he had perhaps only recently discovered." —Mark Van Doren

"The striking peculiarity of Shakespeare's mind was its generic quality, its power to communicate with all other minds." —William Hazlitt

"Shakespeare is the greatest university of all." —William Carlos Williams

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312744991
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1980
  • Series: New Cambridge Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 813,239
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.33 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2002

    Romance is in the air

    A great book filled with love poem very romantic makes a good gift for a love one that love's poem.

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