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This book is an important and complete collection of the Sonnets of William Shakespeare. Most readers are aware of the great plays and manuscripts written for the stage, but are unaware of the magnificent Sonnets which were written around the same period. This is an excellent, complete collection of the Sonnets and poetry of William Shakespeare and should not be missed by ...more
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Published August 21st 1997 by Arden Shakespeare (first published 1609)
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Miguel Shakespeare's sonnets themselves have more to it than meets the eye. Quite like the plays, there is enough depth for you to explore and find meaning…moreShakespeare's sonnets themselves have more to it than meets the eye. Quite like the plays, there is enough depth for you to explore and find meaning to, and behind every word there is a web to entangle your senses and perception. You'll soon find yourself experiencing the emotions you're being led to, and making your own poetry within the meaning you grasp. I am certain you will understand not only the sonnets, but the genius Shakespeare is, and eventually you'll be reading and interpreting through the author's point of view.

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Manny
Shakespeare's Sonnet XVIII (abridged)

You're hot.
But not as hot as this poem.

Shakespeare's Sonnet CXVI (abridged)

I'll love you even when you are sixty four
Or my name's not Heather Mills.

Shakespeare's Sonnet XCIV (abridged)

Stay cool man. Peace.
Like, flower power, y'know?
Riku Sayuj
For we which now behold these present days,

Have eyes to wonder, but lack tongues to praise.


This Pow’rful Rhyme Eternal

Tennyson is famously to have declared Shakespeare 'greater in his sonnets than in his plays'. While the reader who might not soar as easily along the paths described by these Sonnets would find the comparison absurd to a degree, he/she would also have to admit that they understand the sentiment behind Tennyson’s blasphemy. Some of the sonnets are so well-crafted and consists of
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David
Nov 16, 2009 David rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to David by: david-giltinan@sbcglobal.net
Shelves: poetry, read-in-2009
SHAKESPEARE WANTS YOU TO BREED!!!!

The first 17 or so sonnets in the series left me taken aback. It's right there in the first line of Sonnet #1:

1. From fairest creatures we desire increase
That thereby beauty's Rose might never die
But as the riper should be time decease
His tender heir might bear his memory


There's this obsession with propagating the species. This concern about breeding dominates the first 17 sonnets in the series, something I had not been aware of before.


2. ...
How much more pra
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Huda Aweys
Shakespeare's poems addressed the bilateral of life and death
Also addressed the birth through his poems, too, he use an eloquent and beautiful images , actually it is was a good book :)
شكسبير كان بيناقش هنا الموت و الحياة .. الموت و الولادة بكلاسيكية و بحس شاعرى رائع .. شفت صور كتير اوى رائعة وتشبيهات بليغه وجميلة و حبيت فعلا :)
دا رابط للقراءة بس ما تعتمدوش على ترجمته و اعتمدوا على حسكم اكتر :)
http://www.mnaabr.com/vb/showthread.p...
Alan
Over my years of teaching, I have memorized a couple dozen of these sonnets, on my morning walks. Some I learned in a two-mile walk,
like the one on his own writing, "Why is my verse so barren of new pride?"(76). Others I have had to re-memorize every time I teach it,
like "Some glory in their birth, some in their skill," (91). Their imbedded mnemonics vary greatly. When I have required Shakespeare classes
to memorize a couple, students would often pick very difficult ones, not knowing they varied
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Trevor
I’ve been wondering for a while how to approach this review. I had thought that it might be interesting to do a close reading of a single sonnet and leave it at that. What I’ve decided is to write a quick review on this edition of The Sonnets, mostly chatting about the stuff this book gives to help a reader read them, and then, over the next weeks and months, add ‘comments’ which will be reviews of some of my ‘favourite’ sonnets. I’m quite looking forward to doing this – so we’ll have to see how ...more
Jennie
For once I think I'm glad that I don't have much of a following because otherwise I'm pretty sure I'd get some serious hate mail for this one. There is no easy way to say this so I'm just going to jump in.

I hate Shakespeare's sonnets. There is no easy way to say it and I'm pretty sure it might make me some two bit hack of a reader, but it's the damn truth. All I could think while reading them was that it was a good thing the man could write a play because he wasn't much of a poet. I hate these
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Alex
Two passions dwell in poet's heart
Two desperate obsessions are reflected through his art
Those are two characters from Shakespeare's poetry triangle:
The dark skinned lady and the man of fair skin
His charm is gentle and she's a striking beauty queen
Three lives, three loves in chains of jealousy are fatally entangled
Did two conspire secretly behind the poet's back
Betraying him two times, which caused his soul to wreck ?
Bryn Hammond
I think the sonnets need to be understood as a sequence.

Even if they start unpromisingly and end with a whimper. Perhaps this is part of his subversion of the sonnet tradition?

Katherine Duncan-Jones in her edition for Arden, and Joseph Pequigney in Such Is My Love: A Study of Shakespeare's Sonnets (my two sources of expertise on the sonnets – chosen because they are unafraid of the homosexuality), both believe we have Shakespeare’s order in the published quarto – and, to go with that, they bel
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David Lentz
As I have been writing sonnets lately, I decided to re-read the works of the genius, the master, of the sonnet form. I was intrigued to understand how Shakespeare suffered in writing his sonnets as a young man not yet established as a dramatist. He was writing under the patronage of a young, handsome, English gent named Southampton, who presented these sonnets to women whom he pursued ardently. The sonnets when read sequentially reveal changes in the young poet's life as he evolves. He competed ...more
Lindsay
I love LOVE Shakespeare's sonnets. my favorites are 116:

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 wandering bark,
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
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Lolita
Jul 16, 2013 Lolita marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition



Shall I compare thee to a Summers day?
Thou art more louely and more temperate:
Rough windes do shake the darling buds of Maie,
And Sommers lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heauen shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d,
And euery faire from faire some-time declines,
By chance, or natures changing course vntrim’d:
But thy eternall Sommer shall not fade,
Nor loose possession of that faire thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wandr’st in his shade,
When in eternall lines
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Jowayria Rahal
It's a moral obligation that I confess that I've only read about two thirds of Shakespeare's sonnets ( 38 out of 154) . That being said , I'm not claiming that I deliberately neglected the other sonnets for who am I to disregard such beautiful masterpieces ?

Shakespeare's sonnets are Shakespeare at his best ; an amalgam of the human , the psychoanalyst and the artist . These are two of the ones that I adored so much I now secretly wish I could tattoo them :

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
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Malak Alrashed
Sep 04, 2014 Malak Alrashed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favorites, poetry
"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 wandering bark,
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 doo
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Kim
You don't read this book. You make love to it.
Emily
I really enjoyed the “abridged” versions of a Goodreads reviewer called Manny, so I’m adding a few more of my own:

Sonnets I – XVII (1 – 17):
Have babies. Have babies. Have babies. Have babies. Etc.

Sonnet LXXV (75):
I love you like a fat kid love cake.

Sonnet XC (90):
Kick me now while I’m down, not when I’m getting up again. Ta.

Sonnets C – CIII (100 – 103):
Sorry about the lack of poems recently... Muse issues...

Sonnet CIX – CX (109 – 110):
OK, so maybe I did cheat on you...a lot... but you’re
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Keith
In the sonnets, the man of all ages becomes the man of an age – a very particular, very stylized age. The best sonneteer? Perhaps so. But it was a form that was already going out of style by the time his sonnets were published.

Shakespeare is his typical playful and irreverent self in the best of the sonnets. He remains a master of the metaphor, and a refined, nuanced thinker beyond compare.

But the sonnets are not my thing. The great voice that stormed at the universe in Lear, that explored the
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Lola
I finally finished Romeo and Juliet in my Brit Lit class (thank God!) Oddly enough, when I was looking to escape Shakespeare, I found this book of his sonnets at a rummage sale. It was simply meant to be.

Here's the thing I don't like about Shakespeare. He goes on and on about the beauty of his love, but that's all he talks about. Is she only a pretty face? Does she have a sense of humor? Is she kind? Smart? Anything but beautiful. Though this doesn't diminish the beauty of his writing, I do w
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Erik Graff
Jul 18, 2009 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: English speakers
Recommended to Erik by: Harriet J. Naden
Shelves: poetry
We had a lot of Shakespeare in high school, reading many of his plays, seeing them performed on stage or in film. We also had a lot of poetry, mostly classical stuff, ee cummings being about as modern or far out as the English Department dared go. That was fine by me. I've ever been thankful for being forced to read Pope, Keats, Shelley, Yeats, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Burns, Blake, Dickinson et cetera while I was young. We kids ourselves passed around the moderns...

While my favorites back then we
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Marjorie
I loved rereading the sonnets. I read a different edition (one that includes other poems I haven't read), but one of my students brought this edition in to office hours. In class, I gave a presentation on sonnet 130, blazon poetry, and Shakespeare's diverse, outlandish (a la Gascoigne) garden (a comparison of 130 with 99--the dark lady with the young man). I also wrote this prompt:

“O, know, sweet love, I always write of you”

How is the language of the sonnets reflected in the love poetry of a tra
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Timothy Ferguson
I did not enjoy them, and I hate that. I’m continually harping on about how people should enjoy poetry more, and so when the book club pulls out the a celebrity like William, I thought I’d be able to just wallow in the fantasticness of his words, and then evangelise him afterward. No such luck.

I can see he’s a talented poet, and he has a skilled turn of phrase. I can see that I have hamstrung his work because I’ve listened to the sonnets in a steady stream, rather than one at a time, separated b
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Mounir
الثلاث نجمات للترجمة التي قام بها الشاعر والباحث والمترجم توفيق علي منصور, وهذه أول مرة أقرأ له أي شىء , أما السونيتات نفسها فتحتاج إلى وقت أطول لقراءة تفسيرات عنها وللقراءة عنها من مصادر إنجليزية
وقد وجدت بعد بحث سريع موقعين للسونيتات إستعنت بهما في فهم بعض السونيتات, الأول به تفسير بسيط وسريع وهو موقع مخصص أساسا للطلبة الذين يدرسون الأدب الإنجليزي, والثاني به تفصيل وشرح أكثر كثيرا مع وضع كل سونيتة في سياقها اللغوي والتاريخي
http://nfs.sparknotes.com/sonnets
http://www.shakespeares-sonnets.com/
ترج
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Mounir
لم تعجبني كثيرا هذه الترجمة رغم أن الكتاب مطبوع بطريقة رشيقة وجميلة, كل صفحة تحتوي على السونيتة الأصلية باللغة الإنجليزية وترجمتها إلى العربية, والرسوم للفنان محمود الهندي هي أجمل ما في الكتاب

ترجمة بدر توفيق أجدها في الغالب مسطحة ومباشرة وحرفية, كأنه يترجم جملة جملة بدون النظر لسياق السونيتة الواحدة على بعضها, وهي أيضا غير دقيقة في بعض الأحيان كما لو كان يترجم بسرعة وبدون تدقيق في الكلمات والمعاني, وبدون رجوع للقواميس حتي يفرق بين المعاني المختلفة للكلمة الواحدة, ناهيك عن أن لغة شكسبير تختلف كثي
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Jack
They may exist, but I've never read any better words than these:

When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries
And look upon myself and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possess'd,
Desiring this man's art and that man's scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
L
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Abi
Oct 21, 2014 Abi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 4-star
I fucking love Shakespeare but honestly some of these sonnets got a bit repetitive which is why I had to scrimp on the stars. So I love everything about Time vs. Art and the irony in Shakespeare's repeatedly noting that he will be forgotten but his lover will be immortalised through his poetry. In the words of Peter van Houten, via the great John Green:
"We do indeed remember Shakespeare’s powerful rhyme, but what do we remember about the person it commemorates? Nothing." (The Fault in Our Stars)
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Mohamed Fawzy
السونيتات نفسها رائعة بالفعل.. الترجمة حرفية أحيانا.. وغير دقيقة أحيانا أخرى..
Nawar Esmel
اقتلنى بكرهك لكن لا تجعل العداء يفرق بيننا
Diana Cigher
Well... I decided to read this book because we had a lesson at Universal Literature about Shakespeare's sonnets. We read like two of them and I was kind of interested in Shakespeare's mind because we learnt that he dedicated his sonnets to Dark Lady and to the Fair Youth and I wanted to know more. So I started reading his sonnets and there's a bunch I love.

The first sonnet that atracted me was Sonnet 14. I liked it because it was about astrology mainly, which I love. I loved that he wanted to cr
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Adam
I like a lot of Shakespeare. I enjoy his plays, especially when I see them performed. But I find it much harder for the sonnets to reach me. For one thing (and this is my issue not the author's obviously) but I feel the archaic language is a little harder to reach here because there is no one reacting to it. However, even if that were not the case, if you were to modernize these poems it would be clear that they are pretty much sappy moanings of a guy with relationship issues. I got really bored ...more
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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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“Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And too often is his gold complexion dimm'd:
And every fair from fair sometimes declines,
By chance or natures changing course untrimm'd;
By thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.”
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“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 bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken."

(Sonnet 116)
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