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Essential Shakespeare

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From the introduction by Joyce Carol Oates:

Between them, our great visionary poets of the American nineteenth century, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, have come to represent the extreme, idiosyncratic poles of the American psyche. . . .

Dickinson never shied away from the great subjects of human suffering, loss, death, even madness, but her perspective was intensely priva
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 14th 2006 by Ecco (first published November 1992)
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James Smith
Shakespeare + Hughes = Jackpot.

This book is brilliant in its conception and stunning in its content. Part of the Ecco "Essential Poets" series, Hughes made a brilliant editorial decision: rather than simply anthologizing Shakespeare's poetry (i.e., the sonnets), Hughes decided to de- and recontextualize passages from the plays as poetry. As he notes, speaking of Macbeth's soliloquy, "To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow...":

[I]f one specifies that "To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow" is
Jim Hurley
Tremendous introduction by Ted Hughes. Adds a unique perspective to Shakespearean criticism.
Shawn Sturgeon
Shakespeare as poetry. Hughes' introduction is terrific in its discussion of the double-ness of Shakespeare's diction.
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Edward James Hughes was an English poet and children's writer, known as Ted Hughes. His most characteristic verse is without sentimentality, emphasizing the cunning and savagery of animal life in harsh, sometimes disjunctive lines.

The dialect of Hughes's native West Riding area of Yorkshire set the tone of his verse. At Pembroke College, Cambridge, he found folklore and anthropology of particular
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