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The Sonnets and Narrative Poems: The Complete Non-Dramatic Poetry

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Our Signet Classic Shakespeare Series was extensively revised in 1998. We offer the best of everything -- unforgettable works edited by eminent Shakespeare scholars, comprehensive notes on the text, an essay on Shakespeare's life and times, source material, critical commentaries, extensive bibliographies, and footnotes. And there's more
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Paperback, 456 pages
Published August 5th 1986 by Signet Classics (first published 1608)
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Magdalen
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Πολλά σονέτα του Σαίξπηρ είχα διαβάσει το Λύκειο(είχαμε μια εξαιρετική καθηγήτρια η οποία μας έδινε δικά της βιβλία να διαβάσουμε) Τότε μου άρεσαν υπερβολικά πολύ, μπορώ να πω πως τα είχα λατρέψει. Τώρα που τα διάβασα ξανά έχω να πω πως it's not my cup of tea. Σε καμία περίπτωση δεν υποτιμώ τον Σαίξπηρ. Τα σονέτα του ήταν εξαιρετικά, καλογραμμένα, και (υπερβολικά) ρομαντικά (για τα γούστα μου)..
George
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Εν μέρει την ώρα να περάσω, εν μέρει και για να δω πώς η νεοελληνική γλώσσα (και η Λένια Ζαφειροπούλου) αντέχει να αποδώσει τη φαινομενικά εύκολη αλλά γεμάτη συνδηλώσεις και ρητορικότητα ποίηση του Σαίξπηρ, πήρα στα χέρια μου τη συλλογή αυτή. Επιτέλους (μετά από αρκετές ανθολογήσεις) πλήρης η έκδοση των 154 σονέτων, με το αγγλικό "εφιαλτικά πυκνό" πρωτότυπο δίπλα και λίγες σημειώσεις, αλλά με έναν εμπνευσμένο πρόλογο. Η μεταφράστρια απλώνει σε δεκαπεντασύλλαβο τον στίχο -αντίθετα από πολλές άλλε ...more
Paul
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If thou survive my well-contented day,
When that churl Death my bones with dust shall cover,
And shalt by fortune once more re-survey
These poor rude lines of thy deceased lover,
Compare them with the bettering of the time,
And though they be outstripp'd by every pen,
Reserve them for my love, not for their rhyme,
Exceeded by the height of happier men.
O, then vouchsafe me but this loving thought:
'Had my friend's Muse grown with this growing age,
A dearer birth than this his love had brought,
To m
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Roman Clodia
I've dipped into Shakespeare's sonnets in the past but this is the first time I've read the whole sequence through, completely and in order - and I'm underwhelmed, especially in comparison to the superlative Astrophil and Stella by Sidney which kicked off the whole sonnet craze in the 1580s. By the time Shakespeare starts writing his own sequence (or mini sequences?) in c.1593, the sonnet craze is not just over but clichéd so this is, in part, a self-conscious attempt to re-open something that i ...more
Claire
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I feel terrible for giving something by WILLIAM FRIGGIN' SHAKESPEARE anything less than five stars, but I just ain't feelin' it with his sonnets. Now, Shakespeare's plays are always a treat when I get myself in the proper mindset for Elizabethan English, but with these sonnets I feel like I'm chipping at concrete with a pickax. I know there are hidden meanings and philosophical musings on love, friendship, time, and death under there...but I just can't get at it! I honestly feel like a
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Heidi'sbooks
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only read 15 of these sonnets to discuss with my book club. The only reason this gets 4 stars is because I didn't have the time to dig into them properly. The Bard is the best.
Joshua
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book before for a graduate Shakespeare Class but we only ever read Venus and Adonis. This time around I really really wanted to read all of the sonnets. Shakespeare is beautiful, that's the only real reason the reader needs to actually pick up this book. Shakespeare, his life and love and passion, lives on in these poems.
Rachel Brand
Read the first twenty-one sonnets for EN4341: Renaissance Sexualities: Rhetoric and the Body 1580-1660.

Shakespeare always ends up being a bit hit or miss for me. I've really enjoyed some of his plays, like Othello and Anthony and Cleopatra, but just not clicked with others, like King Lear and As You Like It. His sonnets are nice, and maybe I would have enjoyed them more if our tutor hadn't made us scrutinise them for gender references to determine whether Shakespeare was addressing a man or a w
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Filipa
I got this book for my birthday. Actually, I demanded this book for my birthday and I started reading it the moment I put my eyes on it. Since I started to study Shakespeare (plays and some sonnets) I have wanted to read his sonnets in order to get to know Shakespeare, the poet and not only Shakespeare the playwright. I was mostly interested in his sonnets as I said but this edition has two additional narrative poems and some other poems that were supposedly written by Shakespeare.
The notes on t
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Nikki
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I never thought much about Shakespeare, or really tried to investigate his writing beyond the plays I was forced to read, which is a shame. His sonnets are lovely, and some of them are supremely clever. I love the inversions in sonnet 130, for example, and the sting in the tail of sonnet 18, "shall I compare thee to a summer's day"...
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