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Shakespeare's Poems & Sonnets (Bloom's Major Poets) Hardcover – January 1, 1999

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"Excellent guides for the serious poetry research student" -Book Report

About the Author

Arguably the greatest English-language playwright, William Shakespeare was a seventeenth-century writer and dramatist, and is known as the Bard of Avon. Under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth I, he penned more than 30 plays, 154 sonnets, and numerous narrative poems and short verses. Equally accomplished in histories, tragedies, comedy, and romance, Shakespeare s most famous works include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew, and As You Like It.

Like many of his contemporaries, including Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare began his career on the stage, eventually rising to become part-owner of Lord Chamberlain s Men, a popular dramatic company of his day, and of the storied Globe Theatre in London.

Extremely popular in his lifetime, Shakespeare s works continue to resonate more than three hundred years after his death. His plays are performed more often than any other playwright s, have been translated into every major language in the world, and are studied widely by scholars and students.

Harold Bloom is a Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University and a former Charles Eliot Norton Professor at Harvard. His more than thirty books include The Best Poems of the English Language, The Art of Reading Poetry, and The Book of J. He is a MacArthur Prize Fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, including the Academy s Gold Medal for Belles Lettres and Criticism, the International Prize of Catalonia, and the Alfonso Reyes Prize of Mexico.


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Product Details

  • Series: Bloom's Major Poets
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publications (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791051072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791051078
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Sylviastel VINE VOICE on July 1, 2016
Professor Harold Bloom is synonymous with William Shakespeare and his works including sonnets and his poems. Harold Bloom has written the Major Poet Series. In this book, there is a compilation of essays about particular sonnets and poems with literary criticism from renowned literary scholars. The book includes a user's guide, editor's note, introduction, a biography of William Shakespeare, and analysis of his sonnets.

The first sonnet is focused on Sonnet 19 with critical views from Joseph Pequigney, Joel Fineman, and Helen Vendler. The second sonnet is Sonnet 53 with critical views from Hilton Landry, Murray Krieger, Stephen Booth, Joseph Pequigney and Jonathan Bate. The third sonnet is Sonnet 55 with critical views from G. Wilson Knight, Lowry Nelson Jr., Howard Felperin and Anthony Hecht. The fourth sonnet is Sonnet 87 with critical views from Murray Krieger, Joseph Pequigney, Jonathan Bate, Anthony Hecht and Harold Bloom himself.

The fifth sonnet is Sonnet 94 with critical views from Sir William Empson, Edward Hubler, Northrop Frye, Stephen Booth, Harold Bloom and Helen Vendler. The sixth sonnet is Sonnet 116 with critical views from Murray Krieger, Richard Lanham, Stephen Booth, Lowry Nelson Jr., Joseph Pequigney and Helen Vendler. The seventh final sonnet is Sonnet 129 with critical views from Richard Levin, Thomas M. Greene and Joel Fineman.

The book also includes a summary analysis of "The Phoenix and Turtle" with critical views from Ronald Bates, G. Wilson Knight and Murray Copeland. There is a summary analysis of "The Rape of Lucrece," with critical views from Richard Lanham, Katharine Eisaman Mau and Heather Dubrow.
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