The Sonnets And A Lover's Complaint by William ShakespeareThe Sonnets And A Lover's Complaint by William Shakespeare

The Sonnets And A Lover's Complaint

byWilliam ShakespeareEditorJohn KerriganIntroduction byJohn Kerrigan

Paperback | January 1, 2000

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Shakespeare's poetic meditations on love

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' The language of Shakespeare's sonnets has become inseparable from the language of love in English; but the force and tenderness of these poems is undiminished by age. 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, 'Mr W.H.', 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. In his illuminating introduction, John Kerrigan examines how the sonnets are intertwined, the ways in which these works have been interpreted and the themes running through them. This edition also includes further reading, commentaries on each poem, a textual history, variant and further sonnets and an index of first lines.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April, 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He died on April 23, 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford.
Title:The Sonnets And A Lover's ComplaintFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.84 inPublished:January 1, 2000Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140436847

ISBN - 13:9780140436846

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If there`s a series in the trade publishing world that speaks volumes about great quality and exquisite cover design, it has to be Penguin Classics. Under this banner, editor John Kerrigan assembles a moving and priceless collection of William Shakespeare`s writings. In The Sonnets and a Lover`s Complaint, the legendary playwright examines the themes of mortality, art, desire, jealousy and even the begetting of children. A lecturer at Cambridge University, Kerrigan also provides extensive notes, historical background and an insightful introduction.