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The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets

The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets

by Helen Vendler
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Helen Vendler, widely regarded as our most accomplished interpreter of poetry, here serves as an incomparable guide to some of the best-loved poems in the English language.

In detailed commentaries on Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, Vendler reveals previously unperceived imaginative and stylistic features of the poems, pointing out not only new levels of import in particular lines, but also the ways in which the four parts of each sonnet work together to enact emotion and create dynamic effect. The commentaries—presented alongside the original and modernized texts—offer fresh perspectives on the individual poems, and, taken together, provide a full picture of Shakespeare's techniques as a working poet. With the help of Vendler's acute eye, we gain an appreciation of "Shakespeare's elated variety of invention, his ironic capacity, his astonishing refinement of technique, and, above all, the reach of his skeptical imaginative intent."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674637122
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 11/01/1999
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 696
Sales rank: 760,314
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Helen Vendler is A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

  • Conventions of Reference
  • Introduction
  • The Sonnets
  • Appendix 1: Key Words
  • Appendix 2: Defective Key Words
  • Words Consulted
  • Index of First Lines

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The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lisanicholas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vendler's discussion of Shakespeare's sonnets revolutionized my reading of sonnets, Shakespeare's and those of other poets. Brilliant!
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