Shakespeares Sonnets: An Original-Spelling Text by Paul Hammond

Shakespeares Sonnets: An Original-Spelling Text

EditorPaul Hammond

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This book is at once an edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets and a guide to how to read these exquisite and complex poems. It is designed both for readers new to the poems and for those who are familiar with the Sonnets but are ready to engage with them afresh. It is the only current edition whichprovides an original-spelling text of the poems: that is, it prints the poems as they appeared in the first edition, Shake-speares Sonnets (1609), preserving the spelling, punctuation, italics, and capitalization of the original, with only minor interventions where that edition manifestly needscorrection. The advantages (and occasional hazards) of reading an original-spelling text are explained, and detailed help is provided in order to assist readers who may be unfamiliar with the conventions of early-modern spelling and punctuation.

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Paul Hammond was educated at Peter Symonds' School, Winchester, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a Prize Fellow from 1978-82. He subsequently taught at the University of Leeds, where he has been Professor of Seventeenth-Century English Literature since 1996. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2002. His books...
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Title:Shakespeares Sonnets: An Original-Spelling TextFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pagesPublished:January 28, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198728018

ISBN - 13:9780198728016

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsPART I: READING SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS1. The Sonnets and their First Readers2. Reading the Sonnet Form3. Reading the Sonnet Tradition4. Reading the Sonnets5. Reading an Original-Spelling TextA Note on the Text and AnnotationAbbreviationsPART II: AN ORIGINAL-SPELLING EDITION OF SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETSShake-speares SonnetsAppendix: The Texts of Sonnets 138 and 144 from The Passionate PilgrimPART III: AIDS TO READINGShakespeare's Rhetorical FiguresShakespeare's Complex WordsFurther ReadingIndex of First Lines

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"insightful, pleasant to read, and useful." --Paul Edmondson, Around the Globe 01/10/2012