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The Sonnets and a Lover's Complaint (Hardcover Classics) Hardcover – September 28, 2010
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Finally I spent another buck to get an (almost as inexpensive) edition (used) - the Signet edition edited by Burto. That helped a lot - with definitions of terms and hints about lots of secret relationships possibly there for those who would dig further. At last I'm starting to figure out why this guy is considered so awesome. To really get an appreciation of Shake's heart and mind, beginners like me really need more than just the poems.
Now I'm borrowing an English major's copy of Dr. Vendler's edition (Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets). It's pretty heady, so I'm just trying to read her introduction. Whew! I haven't tested out all her theories, but is so much incredible care and complexity going on behind the scenes in these poems - it's no wonder people are still boggled after 400 years.
Truly amazing - but unless you're an English major I wouldn't recommend bothering with this doubtful dollar deed. Getting a copy of the Signet or Folger Library editions will make beginners much happier.
Of course, if you are wondering what they mean, and all that, you will have to get yourself familiar with Rowse's edition of the sonnets: A. L. Rowse: Shakespeare's Sonnets.
But once you know who the principal characters are -- Henry Wriothesley, the young Earl of Southampton, Christopher Marlowe, and Emilia Lanier -- plus young Will Shakespeare himself -- then the Dover will do fine for you and yours.
After all, this is exactly the book you could have bought on its first day of publication, four centuries ago!! :-)
Listen to them at night or on a rainy day, or just follow along with a hardcopy of the Sonnets in your hand. You'll be reciting them in short order.
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never arrived, what a rip off... I have never got a confirmation email. I totally forgot I bought this book if it wasn't because I came to do my reviews I would have never... Read morePublished 21 days ago by miki mck
The content is the content, I'm not nearly versed well enough in literature to comment on it. But the book itself is beautifulPublished 23 days ago by Curtis Xu
You got to love Shakespeare!!! His verses are immortal! My favorite is sonnet 116:
" Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the... Read more
These are the complete Shakespeare Sonnets!!
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He may even do some plays that might catch on!
Love it! It's easy to use and just in case I don't understand a phrase, there are notes on the bottom to help me grasp the full meaningPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a TERRIBLE version. There is absolutely no cataloging information, which makes it nearly impossible to add to my school library collection.Published 4 months ago by Sharon Moore