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Great Sonnets

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  157 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Treasury of over 170 English and American sonnets by more than 70 poets, from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?", Milton's "On His Blindness," Wordsworth's "The World Is Too Much with Us," many more by Spenser, Sidney, Blake, Byron, Coleridge, Longfellow, Yeats, Frost, Poe, etc. Includes 2 selections from the Common ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 23rd 1994 by Dover Publications
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Jul 29, 2010 Julia rated it really liked it
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I’m not a big poetry person, but I do love the romantic stuff. And what, I ask you, is more romantic than a sonnet? That’s right—nothing! So, needless to say, I’m pretty pleased with this collection, which reads like a hit list of famous sonnets:

• Shakespeare’s “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?”
• John Donne’s “Death Be Not Proud”
• Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the
• Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus”
• Robert Frost’s “Acquainted with the Night”

And that
Jan 06, 2008 rinabeana rated it really liked it
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I think this is a wonderful collection of sonnets. I admit that I was somewhat intimidated by them because they often take a little while to interpret, many of them being written in an old style. It's totally worth it if you take the time, though!
Jan 01, 2011 max rated it really liked it
A very well selected compendium of sonnets showing the range of topics possible, techniques employed to greatest success, and highlighting lesser-known instances that are near-peerless, such those by Milton and Hartley Coleridge.
Shouvik Hore
Mar 13, 2016 Shouvik Hore rated it really liked it
Grow Old along with Me,
The best is yet to be.
Should be what this ambitious collection whispers in all ears.
Jan 27, 2008 Christopher rated it it was amazing
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I was struck by how fanciful the sonnets are, how unabashedly in love with artifice. Pure virtuosity.
May 26, 2013 Josh rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Josh by: kim
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So many wonderful sonnets. Helped me to appreciate the dynamism of the form.
Jonna Seppa
His deepest, most personal writing, imo...
Dec 02, 2011 Maggie rated it really liked it
It's Shakespeare. Enough said.
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Jan 05, 2013 J. M. rated it it was amazing
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one of my MOST cherished books!
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Feb 15, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it
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Very good.
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“Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring barque,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.”
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