The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Sonnets and Poems by William ShakespeareThe Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Sonnets and Poems by William Shakespeare

The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Sonnets and Poems

byWilliam ShakespeareEditorColin Burrow

Paperback | May 17, 2008

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The Oxford ShakespeareGeneral Editor Stanley WellsThe Oxford Shakespeare offers authoritative texts from leading scholars in editions designed to interpret and illuminate the works for modern readers- a new, modern-spelling text, collated and edited from all existing printings- on-page and facing-page commentary and notes explain language and allusions- detailed introductions consider the sonnets' biographical and literary background, how the poems relate to the plays, dating and textual matters, and the mysteries of 'Mr W. H.' and the 'Dark Lady'- includes poems attributed to Shakespeare in the seventeenth century- full index to introductions and commentary- durable sewn binding for lasting use'not simply a better text but a new conception of Shakespeare. This is a major achievement of twentieth-century scholarship.' Times Literary Supplement
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet and playwright widely regarded as the greatest writer of the English language, as well as one of the greatest in Western literature, and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.
Title:The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Sonnets and PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:768 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.57 inPublished:May 17, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199535795

ISBN - 13:9780199535798

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have! Shakespeare remains the greatest composer of words in the English language. Though known best for his plays – his acute insight into the nature of power and war, despair and love, conceit of kings and peculiar vivacity of poverty – for me, his sonnets and poetry is his greatest achievement. Even Byron and Keats are not his equals; reading Shakespeare’s sonnets is akin to listening felicitous sonatas of Mozart or Bach. In this volume are all of his 154 sonnets, complete with “A Lover’s Complaint,” “Venus and Adonis,” “Lucrece,” and “The Passionate Pilgrim.” Every lover of English language must have these works in their library. Every night, before going to sleep, I read (or re-read) these eternal symphonies of words.
Date published: 2013-01-27

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`the best edition of these (mostly) cracking poems'Evening Standard