The Sonnets and A Lovers Complaint

The Sonnets and A Lovers Complaint

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Paperback, Pages: 458

Genres: Poetry, Classics, Fiction

Language: English

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William Shakespeare is a global icon for his plays such as Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, but his poetic meditations on love are among the most powerful and evocative poems ever written. This Penguin Classics edition of Sonnets and A Lovers Complaint is edited by John Kerrigan.

Shall I compare thee to a summers day?

The language of Shakespeares 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 Shakespeares 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 Lovers 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.

If you enjoyed Sonnets and A Lovers Complaint, you might like John Miltons Paradise Lost, also available in Penguin Classics.

Shakespeare led a life of allegory: his works are the comments on it
John Keats

Reviews
  •    Fem Loushe
    2020
    It's Shakespeare: what else is there to say? One judges one's self by Shakespeare, not Shakespeare by one's self.
    Reply
  •    Dagar Cajner
    2020
    This Goodreads account is in memory of my grandmother, Bunny.

    She gave me (her granddaughter, Katelyn) this book when I got married along with a note that said: "Dec. 21
    Dearest Katelyn,
    This is a collection of sonnets by Shakespeare, one of which, #116, is particularly appropriate to you and Mark at this exciting time in your lives. It begins 'Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments' and I hope you'll enjoy reading it out loud to each other.
    With the book come Gran'dad and my best wishes for a lifetime of happiness together, as we have had for 62 years.
    Much, much love, your devoted and loving grandparents,
    Bunny and Hambone"
    Reply

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