Shakespeares Sonnets and Poems: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 28, 2017

byJonathan F. S. Post

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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 hispoems 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, inconjunction 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 printinghistory 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 EnglishRenaissance.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, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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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 hispoems may often feel less familiar than his p...

Jonathan F. S. Post is Distinguished Professor of English at UCLA, and the Founding Director of the UCLA Summer Shakespeare Program in Stratford and London. He is the author of many books and articles, including A Thickness of Particulars: The Poetry of Anthony Hecht, (Oxford University Press, 2013), and the editor of The Oxford Handbo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.01 inPublished:October 28, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198717571

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1. Poet and playwright: page and stage2. Venus and Adonis3. The Rape of Lucrece4. The sonnets 15. The sonnets 26. A Lover's Complaint and "The Phoenix and Turtle"Further ReadingIndex