The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets, Paperback
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This text aims to provide a guide to some of the best-loved poems in the English language.

In detailed commentaries on Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, Vendler reveals previously unperceived imaginative and stylistic features of the poems, pointing out not only new levels of import in particular lines, but also the ways in which the four parts of each sonnet work together to enact emotion and create dynamic effect.

The commentaries presented alongside the original and modernized texts offer perspectives on the individual poems, and, taken together, provide a full picture of Shakespeare's techniques as a working poet.

The reader can gain an appreciation of Shakespeare's elated variety of invention, his ironic capacity, his refinement of technique, and, above all, the reach of his skeptical imaginative intent.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 696 pages, 154 facsimiles, 35 illustrations
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
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  • Category: Shakespeare plays
  • ISBN: 9780674637122



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Vendler's discussion of Shakespeare's sonnets revolutionized my reading of sonnets, Shakespeare's and those of other poets. Brilliant!

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