Essential Shakespeare

Essential Shakespeare

by Ted Hughes


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ISBN-13: 9780060887957
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/14/2006
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,290,557
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Ted Hughes was born in 1930 in West Yorkshire, England. He is the author of many collections of poetry, most recently, Wolfwatching. Mr. Hughes was appointed poet laureate of England in 1984. He lives in North Tawton, Devon.

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The Essential Shakespeare

By Ted Hughes

Ecco Press

Copyright © 1991 Ted Hughes
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0880013133

Chapter One

Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy:
Why lov'st thou that which thou receiv'st not gladly,
Or else receiv'st with pleasure thine annoy?
If the true concord of well-tuned sounds,
By unions married, do offend thine ear,
They do but sweetly chide thee, who confounds
In singleness the parts that thou shouldst bear.
Mark how one string, sweet husband to another,
Strikes each in each by mutual ordering;
Resembling sire and child and happy mother,
Who, all in one, one pleasing note do sing:

Whose speechless song, being many, seeming one,
Sings this to thee: "Thou single wilt prove none."


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Essential Shakespeare 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is simply short exerpts from Shakespeare's writings. Its confusing because they are not even labeled as to what they are from. To find out what you are reading, you have to go the the index in the back of the book. Even that is confusing as there are multiple exerpts on the same page. So unless you are very familiar with all of Shakespeare's works, this book leaves you lost.