The Complete Sonnets and Poems (Oxford World's Classics)
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This is the only fully annotated and modernized edition to bring together Shakespeare's sonnets as well as all his poems (including those attributed to him after his death) in one volume. A full introduction discusses his development as a poet, and how the poems relate to the plays, and detailed notes explain the language and allusions. While accessibly written, the editio...more
Paperback, 750 pages
Published April 17th 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 20th 1609)
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Polly
I have not finished this yet, although David gave it to me for Christmas about 15 years ago (clearly not the Kindle edition, but I can't seem to change that). Some of my favorites are Henry V, Hamlet and King Lear. I don't care so much for the comedies. I think everyone should read Shakespeare to know what good writing is, and to get an idea of the impact of human behavior for better and for worse. There are so many wonderful and relevant lines that I wish I could commit more to memory. During t...more
Rachel Brand
Read the first twenty-one sonnets for EN4341: Renaissance Sexualities: Rhetoric and the Body 1580-1660.

Shakespeare always ends up being a bit hit or miss for me. I've really enjoyed some of his plays, like Othello and Anthony and Cleopatra, but just not clicked with others, like King Lear and As You Like It. His sonnets are nice, and maybe I would have enjoyed them more if our tutor hadn't made us scrutinise them for gender references to determine whether Shakespeare was addressing a man or a w...more
Filipa
I got this book for my birthday. Actually, I demanded this book for my birthday and I started reading it the moment I put my eyes on it. Since I started to study Shakespeare (plays and some sonnets) I have wanted to read his sonnets in order to get to know Shakespeare, the poet and not only Shakespeare the playwright. I was mostly interested in his sonnets as I said but this edition has two additional narrative poems and some other poems that were supposedly written by Shakespeare.
The notes on t...more
Wes Zickau
I still don't understand why Shakespeare is placed on a pedestal above all other literary geniuses. There is no doubt he was one, but why did I feel as though I needed to give this collection an obligatory 5 stars?

This is not to say he isn't worth reading. He is. But do away with this unfounded -and apparently popular- faith in the infallibility of his craft. The cliche "It's not Shakespeare" reveals Shakespeare as the popular standard, the pinnacle, the golden mean, the epitome of literary gre...more
Nikki
I never thought much about Shakespeare, or really tried to investigate his writing beyond the plays I was forced to read, which is a shame. His sonnets are lovely, and some of them are supremely clever. I love the inversions in sonnet 130, for example, and the sting in the tail of sonnet 18, "shall I compare thee to a summer's day"...
Ryan Evans
People always complain that the language is hard to read but, while it is easier to watch than read his works, the effort is worth the reward. The poetry and craftmanship of his words are magical. So emotive. He somehow speaks straight to the soul. Who else would be remembered so fondly after so long a time?
Angela Alcorn
The complete works of Shakespeare (including all the plays, sonnets and poems) are available free to read/download/print here:
http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/
Nika
My mom gave me a book like this. I read a few of them. 17 is nice shall I compare thee to a summers day...yall know that one...right?
Valerie
This is not strictly the edition I have, and edition DOES matter in Shakespeare, of course. But I think it's very nearly identical, except for the different cover. The edition I have is not the 'Dover' but the 'Dover THRIFT' edition. It advertises that it's 'Unabridged'.

I don't know if this only means that it contains all the sonnets, or if it means that the critical material is also unabridged from the pictured edition.

Said critical material consists of a short introduction, which gently questi...more
Lauren
These can easily put anyone in a good mood!
Cherylann
Shakespeare has always held a fascination over me. They mysteries about his identity, gender, and sexual orientation made him (or her) an object of further reverence. His writings are fantastic in both plot and execution. I have only ever read his plays, so delving into his sonnets was a much different Shakespeare experience for me. I never had been told that Shakespeare’s first twenty sonnets are actually addressed to a man. At first I was thrilled, there goes the sexual orientation mystery. Ho...more
Rao Umar
"From fairest creatures we desire increase.
That thereby beauty rose might never die
But as the riper should by the time decrease
His tender heir might bear his memory"

What as charismatic journey it has been that has delighted my heart with overwhelming envisage! I have been keen to admire the worth of Shakespeare and I always will because he always menages to impart all those poignant, dismal, remarkable, foil and melancholy expressions of life that always use to linger in mind but were never t...more
Heather
A good, complete collection of Shakespeare's poetry. The longer poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece, were good reads, which I attributed the editors' introductions in providing background and historical information, and I enjoyed "Let the Bird of Loudest Lay" ("The Phoenix and the Turtle"), but I wish more could have been written on it. Originally an epilogue, "To the Queen" was a short, easy read. However, I didn't care for The Passionate Pilgrim or "A Lover's Complaint," the former...more
Tori
Ahhh. I am developing a real love for the works of William Shakespeare. It's so... beautiful. Emotional. Lyrical (well duh, it's poetry. But I mean in general right now.) <3

With his Sonnets, I've gotten into the habit of pacing the room as I read, occasionally reading a line or two out loud. It just, I don't know, feels right. I can't really explain why.

Now, I'm not really a poetry reader. I'm sure reading twenty pages of sonnets at a time is probably not the correct way to do it. But it was...more
Ning Soro
back in highschool when all of my classmates go-gaga over the new adaptation of romeo&juliet with leonardo dicaprio as the new age romeo with 45 cal. for a sword...they were all quoting the lines of the play...i joined the wave...but on my own secretly i kept my copy of the complete sonnets of shakespeare...its not the same copy shown here..it was old and the pages were yellow...then came when we have to do the sonnets..I LOST MY COPY...lucky me when i was in college i got a sweet deal..i go...more
Rick
There are some things in here that are utterly amazing and beautiful, but, personally I did not find a lot of it resonating with me.
Jamie
I love Shakespeare. He was such a wordsmith and so aware of the passions and conflicts that lie at the core of every human heart. His works will be applicable until the end of time. I don't think everything he wrote was perfect, in fact I find most of the histories a bit dull, but there is genius in everything he wrote. I especially love that he always gave his villains relatable and redeemable qualities. Shakespeare has inspired so many people through the ages and he is quoted so often that it...more
David
I haven't worked my way entirely through all the poems, but I was moved to start by remembering the very powerful and enigmatic effect the poem 'Let the Bird of Loudest Lay' exerted on me when I was beginning to explore literature. It was most interesting and rewarding to revisit the poem, assisted by the notes, and to read some of the others for the first time, such as 'The Rape of Lucrece' and the wonderfully overwrought 'Venus and Adonis'. I'm sharpening my poetry pickaxe and climbing the son...more
Mike Jensen
This review is based on the sonnets only, which I had to read to count the classical allusions of all things. Burrow's edition has a stellar reputation, and having read the sonnets, his glosses, and his full and complete introduction, I agree with all the hype. This is the best edition of the sonnets that I have read or can imagine. Thoroughly informed and informative, the sonnet pages are all that you can hope for. I look forward to reviewing other portions of Burrow's fine edition someday.
Beyle
I read these sonnets from the perspective of book history. However, the recurrent themes of immortality and time are interesting from the perspective of how Shakespeare might have given his consent to have these sonnets published. Of course, there are many conflicting theories about how these poems came to be and to whom they were written. Perhaps Shakespeare did not write these for any particular person, but rather, to secure his own immortality through his poetry.
Mii
This book is a great read!
Yeliz
A completely blank edition with no footnotes, guides to get into the poetry. Just the fairly modernised sonnets. Yet, Shakespeare is magic.
Elaine Balliet
I enjoyed learning more about 'The Bard,' his personal life and his many plays and sonnets. I especially recommend the tragedy and romance of Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, King Henry V, Coriolanus, and King Lear. My study of Shakespeare concluded with the writing of a research paper on Romeo and Juliet. Recommended for lovers and scholars of The Bard! :)
Kerrie Cook
Shakespeare well what can I say! I read Shakespeare's complete works many years ago, not this edition but the one I read is not to be found here. However all I can say is that I love Shakespeare's renderings of the customs of his day and his insights and commentaries of the people and world which surrounded him and his place within it. His imagination was also wonderful and could transport you to other worlds at times!
Eric
For some, not good, reason, "Comedy of Errors" does not come up separately, the play at hand. A lovely farce, tightly plotted and put forth. I am looking forward to this week's production, fart jokes, fat jokes and familial foibles to a fare thee well. Props to Harold B for pointing out how the Bard shows so early on that he "prefers his clowns to his merchants."
Mitchell
Reading The Rape of Lucrece

I remembered this as being less immediate than 'Venus and Adonis'. I felt it was much more 'classical' and more austere. This time around I was struck by the powerful narrative and especially by the vividness of the workings of the minds of Lucrece and Tarquin.

I was very happy to have the chance to encounter this again.
Stephanie
This is a seriously wonderful edition--the glossing is actually quite helpful, and the introduction is thoroughly researched and wide-reaching in both its historical situating of the poems as well as the elements at work in the poems.
David Lebron
The first stop on my quest to read 10 of Shakespeare's plays was Hamlet. It was highly entertaining and well worth the read. I also watched the play on DVD (Laurence Olivier version and the Mel Gibson version).
Maggie
The sonnets varied from dull to mind-blowingly wonderful, but The Phoenix and the Turtle, Venus and Adonis and the Rape of Lucree were all brilliant. In my opinion, Venus and Adonis is one of his greatest successes.
Phillip
The Sonnets of Shakespeare are powerful expressions of love. They contain some of the most famous phrases in the history of courting.

These are supreme examples of the form of the sonnet for the student.
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr...more
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