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The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint (Penguin Classics) (edition 2010)

by William Shakespeare, Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)

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Shakespeare's Sonnets is the most famous collection of love poems in the English language. Beautiful, poignant, and intriguing, they describe the poet's passionate friendship with a young man, his friend's seduction by the poet's own mistress, his friend's relationshipwith a rival poet, and most famously, Shakespeare's humiliated infatuation with the Dark Lady, `a woman coloured ill', who, far from being the marble-hearted femme fatale of fashionable sonnet sequences, is `the bay where all men ride'.These 154 poems have aroused speculation ever since they were written: who are the poet's handsome friend, his rival, and the Dark Lady? Who is the mysterious Mr W. H., 'the onlie begetter of these insuing sonnets', to whom the publisher dedicated them? Despite much labouredstudy on the subject, the poems have kept their secrets.The poems are presented here, with an informative introduction and in a freshly edited text, along with A Lover's Complaint and little-known alternative versions of four of the sonnets.… (more)
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Title:The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint (Penguin Classics)
Authors:William Shakespeare
Other authors:Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)
Info:Penguin Classics Hardcover (2010), Edition: Reprint, Hardcover, 272 pages
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Favourite: Sonnet 33 “Full many a glorious morning have I seen”. The imagery is perfect, and the poem tells us that even those we love have faults and we need to forgive. Also “Bare ruin’d choirs where once the sweet birds sang” from Sonnet 73, where at least three images interplay: the poet’s rather exaggerated description of his aging process, the trees in winter, and the ruined abbeys after the Dissolution.
  PollyMoore3 | May 15, 2020 |
This is one of the books about William Shakespeare. This book describe the life of William Shakespeare in the view of his friend,Toby. ( )
  yasunoriy | Jan 18, 2010 |
I had to read it for school. It was overanalysed. ( )
  NicoleHC | May 16, 2007 |
In "A Lover's Complaint," a poem in rhyme royal, a nameless maiden complains of her seduction by a charming but untrustworthy young man. Read with the Sonnets, this poem echoes the private tragedies of love and grief that Shakespeare stages in that sequence.
  antimuzak | Jan 31, 2007 |
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William Shakespeareprimary authorall editionscalculated
Duncan-Jones, KatherineEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Forster, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harrison, G. B.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tute, GeorgeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Shakespeare's Sonnets is the most famous collection of love poems in the English language. Beautiful, poignant, and intriguing, they describe the poet's passionate friendship with a young man, his friend's seduction by the poet's own mistress, his friend's relationshipwith a rival poet, and most famously, Shakespeare's humiliated infatuation with the Dark Lady, `a woman coloured ill', who, far from being the marble-hearted femme fatale of fashionable sonnet sequences, is `the bay where all men ride'.These 154 poems have aroused speculation ever since they were written: who are the poet's handsome friend, his rival, and the Dark Lady? Who is the mysterious Mr W. H., 'the onlie begetter of these insuing sonnets', to whom the publisher dedicated them? Despite much labouredstudy on the subject, the poems have kept their secrets.The poems are presented here, with an informative introduction and in a freshly edited text, along with A Lover's Complaint and little-known alternative versions of four of the sonnets.

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