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This new edition focuses on the Sonnets as poetry - sometimes strikingly individual poems, but often subtly interlinked in thematic, imagistic and other groupings. Gwynne Evans and Anthony Hecht also address the many questions that cast a veil of mystery over the genesis of the Sonnets: to what extent are they autobiographical? What is the nature of the 'love', strongly ex ...more
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Published October 1st 1964 by Signet Classics (first published 1609)
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Anna Patterson Yes, definitely. I had not read them in some time. When I first started reading this again, I thought, I don't even understand this anymore. But I…moreYes, definitely. I had not read them in some time. When I first started reading this again, I thought, I don't even understand this anymore. But I decided to come back again and read the same sonnet, one sentence at a time. I even read this out loud because I believe a poem is just a song which hasn't been put to music yet. Of course Shakespeare has, because if you read it several times it not only becomes easier to read, but you can begin to see the beauty of the words.(less)
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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?
Dolors
May 09, 2016 Dolors rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Are you in love with words?
Recommended to Dolors by: Cristina
Less notorious than his plays, Shakespeare’s sonnets assimilate a secret map with hidden clues that lead to precious treasures. The intimate, even confessional tone of the 154 rhymes urges the eager reader to believe that the poetic voice is The Bard himself, who playfully volunteers the key to unlock the mysteries of his heart.
And yet… Do the sonnets tell a coherent story? If they do, is this story real or fictional? The fact that Thomas Thorpe, a poet, editor and admirer of Shakespeare, and no
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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
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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 , It 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 :)
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Huda Yahya
بلا جدال السونيتة المفضلة
----------------

Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest
Now is the time that face should form another;
Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest,
Thou dost beguile the world, unbless some mother.
For where is she so fair whose uneared womb
Disdains the tillage of thy husbandry?
Or who is he so fond will be the tomb
Of his self-love, to stop posterity?
Thou art thy mother's glass and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime;
So thou through windows of thine
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David
Nov 16, 2009 David rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Deepthi
Apr 30, 2015 Deepthi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
All I want to do now is lie on the grass, and make mooony-eyes at the moon!
Ahmad Sharabiani
Sonnets, William Shakespeare
عنوان: غزل های شکسپیر؛ ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم: بهنام مقدم (م. رها) ؛ شرح اشعار: محمد همایون وش؛ تهران، نقش و نگار، 1380، در 207 ص؛ شابک: 9646235115؛ موضوع: شعر کلاسیک انگلیسی ترجمه به شعر فارسی قرن 17 م
تویی ارباب عشق و بنده ام من؛ به لطفت بنده ای پاینده ام من
فرستم شاهد شعرم به سویت؛ نه باهوشم، برایت زنده ام من
ولی با شعر ناچیزم چه گویم؛ که در توصیف تو درمانده ام من
ولی شاید تو دریابی سخن را؛ به امید تو و آینده ام من
...
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From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That there
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Alan
May 23, 2012 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Trevor
May 05, 2009 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, poetry
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
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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Alexandra
Prečítala som 154 sonetov.

(view spoiler)

Stručný obsah /deja/:

Veľa kriku pre nič.

Ak dovolíte, idem teraz na strechu nášho paneláku a dve hodiny sa tam plánujem samej seba pýtať (pozerajúc na trávnaté ihrisko 12 poschodí pod mojimi nohami):

"Byť či nebyť?"
Laura
From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:
Five short, edgy contemporary dramas taking place in the city from sunset to sunrise. In collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic five writers team with composers and respond to Shakespeare's most powerful sonnets.

Sonnet 29 read by Maxine Peake

Baba Ganoush
by Tom Wells with music composed by Tom Coult
Lee arrives late for the pop-up restaurant he works in. The boss, Bev, is waiting for him and is in a foul mood. But Dan is also there and he makes everything alright.

Lee
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Alex
Jun 12, 2011 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ?
Susan
I'm not sure how many times I've read my way through this book, but I never tire of it.
Some of these sonnets are so beautiful.....moving and thought provoking, much loved favourites which I read often.
Others I like and enjoy, but which don't have the same effect on me......
.......a few I've yet to fully understand.....
Sidharth Vardhan
Mar 15, 2015 Sidharth Vardhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poems, common-wealth
"When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see,
For all the day they view things unrespected;
But when I sleep, in dreams they look on thee,
And darkly bright are bright in dark directed.
Then thou, whose shadow shadows doth make bright,
How would thy shadow's form form happy show
To the clear day with thy much clearer light,
When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so!
How would, I say, mine eyes be blessed made
By looking on thee in the living day,
When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade
Through heavy s
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Bryn Hammond
Oct 02, 2014 Bryn Hammond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Keith
Aug 05, 2012 Keith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Jennie
Jul 30, 2012 Jennie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Lynne King
Jul 10, 2015 Lynne King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How can anyone possibly not love these exquisite sonnets. I've just been reading Dolors' excellent review and it reminded me of them.
David Lentz
Aug 10, 2014 David Lentz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Lindsay
Apr 01, 2008 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
...more
Jowayria Rahal
Nov 06, 2013 Jowayria Rahal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Elnaz yousefi
ديگه مطمئن شدم در هيچ زمينه اى نميتونم با شكسپير ارتباط برقرار كنم در زمينه غزل كه اصلا!
Wanda
Jun 17, 2015 Wanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, if the sonnets are any indication, Shakespeare's Facebook relationship status would definitely read "It's complicated."
Malak Alrashed
Sep 04, 2014 Malak Alrashed rated it it was amazing  ·  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
...more
Kim
Jun 09, 2010 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You don't read this book. You make love to it.
Ashley Lynn
Jan 19, 2016 Ashley Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shakespeare lovers.
Recommended to Ashley by: I'm a Shakespeare lover.
I have made another step towards my goal of reading all Shakespeare’s works this year. Last week I finished reading his sonnets. I was originally just reading a few on occasion as some side reading, but I ending up binge-reading over 100 sonnets in one night. I had only read a few that were taught in English classes before reading this whole collection, but I enjoyed reading them more on my own than around teachers. I think it gave me more room to interpret them however I wanted. It’s hard when ...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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