A Companion to Shakespeare's Sonnets

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A Companion to Shakespeare's Sonnets by Michael Schoenfeldt Summary

This Companion represents the myriad ways of thinking about the remarkable achievement of Shakespeare?s sonnets. An authoritative reference guide and extended introduction to Shakespeare?s sonnets. Contains more than 20 newly-commissioned essays by both established and younger scholars. Considers the form, sequence, content, literary context, editing and printing of the sonnets. Shows how the sonnets provide a mirror in which cultures can read their own critical biases. Informed by the latest theoretical, cultural and archival work.

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Shakespeare's Sonnets by James Schiffer Summary

Shakespeare's Sonnets: Critical Essays is the essential Sonnets anthology for our time. This important collection focuses exclusively on contemporary criticism of the Sonnets, reprinting three highly influential essays from the past decade and including sixteen original analyses by leading scholars in the field. The contributors' diverse approaches range from the new historicism to the new bibliography, from formalism to feminism, from reception theory to cultural materialism, and from biographical criticism to queer theory. In addition, James Schiffer's introduction offers a comprehensive survey of 400 years of criticism of these fascinating, enigmatic poems.

Shakespeare's Sonnets & Poems

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Shakespeare's Sonnets & Poems by William Shakespeare Summary

A bestselling, beautifully designed edition of William Shakespeare’s sonnets and poems, complete with valuable tools for educators. The authoritative edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Poems from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes: -Full explanatory notes conveniently linked to the text of each sonnet and poem -A brief introduction to each sonnet and poem, providing insight into its possible meaning -An index of first lines -Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the sonnets The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu.

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Shakespeare's Sonnets by Sunil Kumar Sarker Summary

Though Sonnets Are, Generally, Easy Poems, Shakespeare S Sonnets Are Not, And Very Naturally, He Being A Master-Mind, His Sonnets Are Far From Easy To Understand. The Principal Objective Of This Book Is To Explain The Sonnets For Common Readers, And To Discuss Some Very Topical Questions About Them. The Author Persistently Kept In Mind The Difficulties Of General Readers In Understanding The Sonnets, And So He Meticulously Avoided Pedantry. The Book May Be Deemed To Be Divided Into Two Parts : The First Part Discusses Some Very Important General Topics Relating To The Sonnets; And The Second Part Devotes Itself Entirely To Explaining, Line By Line, The Sonnets, Keeping Close To The Themes Of Them. Difficult Words And Concepts Have Been Carefully Explained. The Texts Of All The 154 Sonnets Have Been Given For The Benefit Of Readers.

Shakespeare's Sonnets and Poems: a Very Short Introduction

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Shakespeare's Sonnets and Poems: a Very Short Introduction by Jonathan F. S. Post Summary

Not for nothing is William Shakespeare considered possibly the most famous writer in history; his works have had a lasting effect on culture, vocabularies, and art. His plays contain some of our most well-known lines (how often have you heard the phrase 'To be or not to be'?), yet whilst his poems may often feel less familiar than his plays they have also seeped into our cultural history (who has not heard of ''Shall I compare thee to a summer's day'?). In this Very Short Introduction Jonathan Post introduces all of Shakespeare's poetry: the Sonnets; the two great narrative poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece; A Lover's Complaint; and The Phoenix and Turtle. Describing Shakespeare's double identity as both poet and playwright, in conjunction with several of his contemporaries, Post evaluates the reciprocal advantages as well as the different strategies and strains that came with writing for the stage and the page. Tackling the debates surrounding the disputed authorship of Shakespeare's poems, he also considers the printing history of Shakespeare's canon, and the genres favoured by the bard. Exploring their reception, both with contemporary audiences and through the ages until today, Post explores the core themes of love and lust, and analyzes how the sonnets compare with other great love poetry of the English Renaissance. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Shakespeare's Sonnets by William Shakespeare,Stephen Booth Summary

The classic love poems of William Shakespeare are accompanied by critical commentary.

The Complete Sonnets and Poems

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The Complete Sonnets and Poems by William Shakespeare Summary

Shakespeare's Sonnets are among the most complex and beautiful poems ever written. Their exploration of love, praise, homo- and hetero-sexual desire is enacted in the richest, densest writing in English. And the first printed work to which Shakespeare's name was attached was the eroticnarrative poem, Venus and Adonis, which developed a sumptuous vocabulary in which to explore love, praise of the beloved, sexual desire, and the power of rhetoric. That poem was so popular that most of Shakespeare's contemporaries thought of him as primarily a poet, rather than a playwright. Yetdespite the power of Shakespeare's poems, and their foundational place within his oeuvre, modern readers have seldom been encouraged to engage with his non-dramatic works as a whole. This new edition explains how this state of affairs has arisen, and why it needs to be changed.The volume contains the complete Sonnets and poems with a full commentary. An extensive and lively introduction explores Shakespeare's poetic development, and shows how the poems relate to each other and to his dramatic works. The Sonnets are freshly interpreted, not as cryptic fragments ofautobiography, but as works which ask their readers to think about relationships between lyric poems and the historical circumstances which may have given rise to them. The narrative poems Venus and Adonis and Lucrece are placed where they belong, at the origin of Shakespeare's thinking about whatit means to desire and to be desired. The edition responds to the most recent scholarly work on the interpretation and dating of Shakespeare's poems and Sonnets. It also explores what the poems may have meant to their earliest readers. For this reason it also includes poems attributed to Shakespearein the seventeenth century, as well as those printed under his name in The Passionate Pilgrim in 1599.

Shakespeare’s Sonnets

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Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Ch. Suryanarayana Rao Summary

Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Philosophical Glimpses covers all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets with a sonnet-by-sonnet exposition and delves into the three riddles involving the handsome young man, the dark lady and the rival poet. The book unravels the spiritual dimension within these sonnets from the perspective of the author, an Indian scholar familiar with the literary traditions of his own country. The sonnets are interpreted as a genre of writing, namely, running devotional lyricism, which was never attempted before or after Shakespeare in England. A must-read for all who seek fresh insight into these sonnets, Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Philosophical Glimpses offers a study in self-improvement, in addition to expanding the literary understanding of this iconic author’s work.

Themes and Variations in Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Themes and Variations in Shakespeare's Sonnets by J B Leishman Summary

First published in 1961. This study analyses Shakespeare's treatment of the universal themes of Beauty, Love and Time. He compares Shakespeare with other great poets and sonnet writers - Pindar, Horace and Ovid, with Petrarch, Tasso and Ronsart, with Shakespeare's own English predecessors and contemporaries, notably Spenser, Daniel and Drayton and with John Donne. By discussing their resemblances and differences, a not altogether orthodox picture of Shakespeare's attitude to life is presented, which suggests that he was not as phlegmatic and equable a person as critics have often supposed.

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Shakespeare's Sonnets by Paul Edmondson,Stanley Wells Summary

The sonnets are among the most accomplished and fascinating poems in the English language. They are central to an understanding of Shakespeare's work as a poet and poetic dramatist, and while their autobiographical relevance is uncertain, no account of Shakespeare's life can afford to ignore them. So many myths and superstitions have arisen around these poems, relating for example to their possible addressees, to their coherence as a sequence, to their dates of composition, to their relation to other poetry of the period and to Shakespeare's plays, that even the most naive reader will find it difficult to read them with an innocent mind. Shakespeare's Sonnets dispels the myths and focuses on the poems. Considering different possible ways of reading the Sonnets, Wells and Edmondson place them in a variety of literary and dramatic contexts--in relation to other poetry of the period, to Shakespeare's plays, as poems for performance, and in relation to their reception and reputation. Selected sonnets are discussed in depth, but the book avoids the jargon of theoretical criticism. Shakespeare's Sonnets is an exciting contribution to the Oxford Shakespeare Topics, ideal for students and the general reader interested in these intriguing poems."

Shakespeare's Love Sonnets

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Shakespeare's Love Sonnets by William Shakespeare,Caitlin Keegan Summary

From the Back Cover: William Shakespeare portrayed the sweeping emotions of love like no other poet. Here is a beautiful collection of thirty of the bard's most romantic sonnets-timeless musings on affection and longing, passion and desire-paired with modern illustrations by Caitlin Keegan. A beautiful blend of old and new, this is the perfect expression of love for any occasion.

Comparison and Contrast Essay: Shakespeare's Sonnet 60 vs. Sonnet 144

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Comparison and Contrast Essay: Shakespeare's Sonnet 60 vs. Sonnet 144 by Susanne Huse Summary

Essay from the year 2006 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,3, University of Wuppertal (Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften), course: Literaturwissenschaftlicher Grundkurs, 4 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Shakespeare's sonnets are a collection of 154 poems. Sonnets 153 and 154 do not belong to the real collection because they are adaptations of classical antic verses about Cupid and therefore distinguished from the first 152 poems because Shakespeare treated the Patriarchal convention of the sonnets in his own way. Shakespeare treats these themes in his own, distinctive fashion—most notably by addressing the poems of love and praise not to a fair woman but instead to a young man; and by including a second subject of passion: a woman of questionable attractiveness and virtue. The sonnets, taken together, are frequently described as a sequence, and this is generally divided into two sections. Shakespeare Sonnets 1-126 focus on a handsome young man and the speaker's emotional friendship with him that could sometimes be interpreted either as asexual or sexual. The nature of this friendship is treated as ideal love as in the Patriarchal convention. Sonnets 127-152 focus on the speaker's relationship with a woman the so-called ‘dark lady’ who is the counterpart of the innocent beautiful maid in Patriarchal sonnets. The lyrical I has an “obsessive”1 sexual love affair with her. I compare sonnets numbered 60 and 144 because the first one deals with the universal concerns of time and its passing and the second took note of the speaker ́s seperation of physical love and more down-to-earth sensations connected with it. Moreover it is the only sonnet that explicitly refers to both the Dark Lady and the young man. This sonnets are neatly organized following the structure of the Shakespearean sonnet and its common rhyme scheme abab,cdcd,efef,gg with a iambic pentameter. ---Bibliographie > Hühn, Peter. (1995). Geschichte der englischen Lyrik 1. Francke: Tübingen. > Kerrigan, J. (1986). Introduction In:William Shakespeare. The sonnets and A Lovers ́s Complaint. Penguin Classics, Harmondsworth. > Senna, C. (2000). Shakespeare ́s Sonnets. Hungry Minds. Inc. New York.

The Sonnets

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The Sonnets by Harold Bloom,Brett Foster Summary

Shakespeare's 154 sonnets describe aspects of two different loves experienced by the speaker, and is considered among the best verses in the English language. This invaluable new study guide contains a selection of the best criticism through the centuries of Shakespeare's sonnets. Students will benefit from the abundant features included in this volume, such as an introduction by Harold Bloom, analysis of key lines, and more.

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Shakespeare's Sonnets by Dympna Callaghan Summary

This introduction provides a concise overview of the central issues and critical responses to Shakespeare’s sonnets, looking at the themes, images, and structure of his work, as well as the social and historical circumstances surrounding their creation. Explores the biographical mystery of the identities of the characters addressed. Examines the intangible aspects of each sonnet, such as eroticism and imagination. A helpful appendix offers a summary of each poem with descriptions of key literary figures.

The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets

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The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets by Helen Vendler,Vendler (Helen Hennessy.) Summary

Analyzes all of Shakespeare's sonnets in terms of their poetic structure, semantics, and use of sounds and images

Secrets of the Sonnets: Shakespeare's Code

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Secrets of the Sonnets: Shakespeare's Code by Peter Jensen Summary

1. Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616-Shakespeare's Sonnets-Substitution code-1609 Quarto- 2. The Poet William Shakespeare-The Youth Henry Wriothesley-The Dark Lady Aemelia Bessano Lanyer- The Rival Poet Christopher Marlowe-Deciphering- Time and Timeline-Names and Identities.

The Sonnets and a Lover's Complaint

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The Sonnets and a Lover's Complaint by William Shakespeare Summary

When this volume of Shakespeare's poems first appeared in 1609, he had already written most of the great plays that made him famous. The 154 sonnets - all but two of which are addressed to a beautiful young man or a treacherous 'dark lady' - contain some of the most exquisite and haunting poetry ever written, and deal with eternal subjects such as love and infidelity, memory and mortality, and the destruction wreaked by Time. Also included is A Lover's Complaint, originally published with the sonnets, in which a young woman is overheard lamenting her betrayal by a heartless seducer.

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Shakespeare's Sonnets by Philip Martin Summary

This study closely analyses sonnets to bring out what they can tell us of different kinds of love, particularly self-love, the relation of these to the world of natural growth and temporal succession, and finally the ways in which art can properly be defined as a form of love.

The Story that the Sonnets Tell

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The Story that the Sonnets Tell by A. D. Wraight Summary

In this remarkable true life story, Shakespeare, man and genius, comes gloriously to life. For the first time we see him as he really was - a courageous and loveable man who suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, and whose life was as great a drama as any play he wrote. This is the most important research on Shakespeare's Sonnets ever published. It will open the floodgates for a great Shakespearean debate engendering new understanding and fresh dramatic interpretation. A spellbinding and compelling read for all who love Shakespeare.