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Without a doubt the most important of Shakespeare's nondramatic works, the sonnets have engendered reams of scholarly disputation as to the identity of "the dark lady" and the "lovely boy" to whom the vast majority are addressed. Controversy has also long simmered over the full name of the "W.H." of the dedication. What is not in dispute is the superior quality of these lyrics, which rank among the finest sonnets ever written—in any language.
Overt 150 poems deal with love, friendship, the tyranny of time, beauty's evanescence in power, death, and other themes in language unsurpassed in power, precision, and beauty. Now this inexpensive Dover edition enables any lover of poetry or fine literature to have this exquisite verse in his or her personal library. A brief glossary illuminates a number of archaic terms.
All the Sonnets in this small paperback, it even has some nice illustrations. Perfect for carrying around in your pursePublished 3 months ago by curlygirl
Of course how could I claim to criticize the master? My only comment: I find it difficult to navigate through this work, because of the Roman numberals. Read morePublished 6 months ago by john catling
May be poetry--by the master--but too "old language" to make sense of. Have enjoyed many of us other works, though.Published 8 months ago by BettyL
Pages opposite each sonnet are b/w or color art prints or photos. They seem completely random and span up to modern dustbowl images of the 1930's, which make no sense at all. Read morePublished 8 months ago by willowhillhomeschool