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Poems, The : Bantam Classic - William Shakespeare

Poems, The

Bantam Classic

Paperback Published: 1st February 1988
ISBN: 9780553213096
Number Of Pages: 360

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The Poems: Venus and Adonis The Rape of Lucrece The Phoenix and Turtle The Lover's Complaint The Sonnets This volume in the exciting new edition of the complete works of Shakespeare features: - Vivid, readable introductions for each poem by noted scholar David Bevington - Modern spelling and punctuation - Comprehensive text notes - An up-to-date, annotated bibliography - An index to the first lines of the sonnets Shakespeare's greatest achievement in nondramatic verse was his collection of 154 magnificent sonnets that portray a tumultuous world of love, rivalry, and conflict among a poet, an aristocratic young man, a rival poet, and a mysterious 'dark lady.' More profound than other Elizabethan sonnet sequences and never surpassed as archetypes of the form, these poems explore almost every imaginable emotional complexity related to love and friendship. Some poems are dark, bitter, and self-hating, others express idealism with unmatchable eloquence - and all are of quintessential beauty, part of the world's great literary heritage. In addition to his sonnets, Shakespeare published two long poems early in his career: Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. Immediately popular in Shakespeare's time, they display a richness that can also reward us with insights into the powerful imagery of his plays. Rounding out this volume are two minor poems, 'A Lover's Complaint' and 'The Phoenix and Turtle,' thought to be part of Shakespeare's early writings.

Venus and Adonis -- The rape of Lucrece -- The phoenix and turtle -- A lover's complaint -- Sonnets.

ISBN: 9780553213096
ISBN-10: 0553213091
Series: Bantam Classic
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st February 1988
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.5 x 10.9  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated