Shakespeare'S Sonnets

Shakespeare'S Sonnets

by William Shakespeare
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Shakespeare'S Sonnets by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet and playwright, now widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century. Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, producing plays, such as Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies and collaborated with other playwrights.

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ISBN-13: 9781406587999
Publisher: Dodo Press
Publication date: 01/04/2008
Pages: 68
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.16(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Widely esteemed as the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an actor and theatrical producer in addition to writing plays and sonnets. Dubbed "The Bard of Avon," Shakespeare oversaw the building of the Globe Theatre in London, where a number of his plays were staged, the best-known of which include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth. The First Folio, a printed book of 36 of his comedies, tragedies, and history plays, was published in 1623.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought i loved william now but after his sonnets...im speechless
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Tongue tied when it comes to telling someone how much you care? Send this audio book to that special person. You'll not only be thought romantic but erudite as well. After all, even at your best you probably couldn't come up with 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date.' These love poems have been extolled for over 400 years, quoted, misquoted, and copied. Written between 1593 - 1601, to a great degree the 154 sonnets reveal the Bard's thoughts on the perplexities of life - love, honor, rebirth. Perhaps most important to many we also find his attraction to the 'Dark Lady.' Is there a reference in Sonnet 151 with 'Love is too young to know what conscience is....'? All the world loves a mystery which may be why we're so fascinated by the Dark Lady. Her identity is unknown, it is not even known whether she was a real woman with whom Shakespeare had a relationship or a manifestation of his creativity. Some surmise that she was so called because her hair was black and her skin dusk colored, thus she was Spanish. Others posit that 'dark' did not refer to her appearance but rather to the black or dark feelings of desire. This discussion may go on indefinitely. Unfortunately, British actor Simon Callow's brilliant reading of the sonnets only lasts two hours. However, the replay button is at the ready. 'Shakespeare's Sonnets' is a keeper to be enjoyed over and over again. - Gail Cooke
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The sample is good imma get the book soon
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lisanay More than 1 year ago
This is wonderful read for the nook!
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It's simply amazing and perfect to read when you desire something interesting, intruging, and plain beautiful. It's a must-have for all collections. And I'm only 16 years old!!!
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