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VSI: Shakespeare's Sonnets and Poems
Author Jonathan F. S. Post
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780198717577
Classification Literature & Fiction > Literary Hist & Crit
Price HK$75.00
 
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Not for nothing is William Shakespeare considered possibly the most famous writer in history; his works have had a lasting effect on culture, vocabularies, and art. His plays contain some of our most well-known lines (how often have you heard the phrase 'To be or not to be'?), yet whilst his poems may often feel less familiar than his plays they have also seeped into our cultural history (who has not heard of ''Shall I compare thee to a summer's day'?).

In this Very Short Introduction Jonathan Post introduces all of Shakespeare's poetry: the Sonnets; the two great narrative poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece; A Lover's Complaint; and The Phoenix and Turtle. Describing Shakespeare's double identity as both poet and playwright, in conjunction with several of his contemporaries, Post evaluates the reciprocal advantages as well as the different strategies and strains that came with writing for the stage and the page. Tackling the debates surrounding the disputed authorship of Shakespeare's poems, he also considers the printing history of Shakespeare's canon, and the genres favoured by the bard. Exploring their reception, both with contemporary audiences and through the ages until today, Post explores the core themes of love and lust, and analyzes how the sonnets compare with other great love poetry of the English Renaissance.


About the Author:

Jonathan F. S. Post is Distinguished Professor of English at UCLA, and the Founding Director of the UCLA Summer Shakespeare Program in Stratford and London. He is the author of many books and articles, including A Thickness of Particulars: The Poetry of Anthony Hecht, (Oxford University Press, 2013), and the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare's Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2013).




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