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Sonnets (No Fear Shakespeare)

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No Fear Shakespeare puts Shakespeare's language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English—the kind of English people actually speak today.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by SparkNotes (first published 1592)
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Brian Denton
May 05, 2016 Brian Denton rated it liked it
There are some great lines in here, particularly the stuff about wasting time. Not procrastination but how time lays waste and swallows all into oblivion. The first seventeen sonnets are a fairly strong pro natalist statement and also an argument about how to battle the Idiocracy. Obviously old Billy Shakes failed in that department.

I love the sonnet form. It's my favorite poetic form in English. When it comes to Shakespeare though I much prefer his plays. Maybe I'll like these more later in li
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Dusty
Feb 17, 2011 Dusty rated it it was ok
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Between earning a Bachelor's in English, teaching various manifestations of British literature and being an amateur Shakespeare groupie in my spare time, I guess at some point or another I've read most of these sonnets. I don't love them like I love some of the plays, but that's a matter of taste and patience rather than a statement on Shakespeare's technique. Anyway, my two stars aren't so much for Shakespeare as for the No Fear Shakespeare edition. I've found the modernized renditions of the p ...more
AJ McDial
Nov 08, 2013 AJ McDial rated it it was amazing
This edition, without compromising the genuine language of Shakespeare, made me appreciate Shakespeare's language and talent, and made my reading experience even more "unforgettable" because---I have to admit---I'm a dummy with Shakespeare's language. I was utterly ignorant of Shakespeare until I was 22---yes, I know how such a loser I was. The NO FEAR SHAKESPEARE edition of the Sonnets (ISBN: 9781411402195) is very helpful for those who are scared to enjoy Shakespeare because of his writing sty ...more
AlegnaB
No Fear Shakespeare versions of Shakespeare's works are great. They have the original text on one page and a modern version on the page opposite. I read a line or two or three of the original, making an effort to understand it, and then I read the corresponding lines in the modern translation. I understood the sonnets much better than I would have if I had been reading only the original versions. I also read the corresponding CliffsNotes section as I finished each sonnet, and those helped me eve ...more
Caidyn
Nov 08, 2015 Caidyn rated it liked it
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I greatly enjoyed the sonnets in this book. All were very well written since it was Shakespeare who made them, and the translation off to the side did help me when I was having problems understanding what it was he really meant since the language can be very confusing.
Tina
Apr 19, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it
Yeah! I'm finished. The sonnets were not what I expected. I thought they would be very flowery and poetic (i.e. super sappy and lovey-dovey) but I was surprised at the translations. Very interesting reading.
dzip
Jan 16, 2013 dzip rated it it was amazing
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"Darkly bright are bright in dark directed": Shakespare says it about his eyes, seeing his beloved in dreams, and reflecting her brightness. But it applies to his sonnets as well.
Frank
Mar 20, 2016 Frank rated it really liked it
"Darkly bright are bright in dark directed": Shakespare says it about his eyes, seeing his beloved in dreams, and reflecting her brightness. But it applies to his sonnets as well.
Lea
Jan 11, 2014 Lea rated it it was amazing
This was a lovely translation for Shakespeare's sonnets. Definitely would recommend.
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I "HEART" Shakespeare!
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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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Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
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