The Complete Sonnets and Poems: The Oxford Shakespeare Paperback
Part of the Oxford World's Classics series
The Oxford Shakespeare General Editor Stanley Wells The Oxford Shakespeare offers authoritative texts from leading scholars in editions designed to interpret and illuminate the works for modern readers - a new, modern-spelling text, collated and edited from all existing printings - on-page and facing-page commentary and notes explain language and allusions - detailed introductions consider the sonnets' biographical and literary background, how the poems relate to the plays, dating and textual matters, and the mysteries of 'Mr W.
H.' and the 'Dark Lady' - includes poems attributed to Shakespeare in the seventeenth century - full index to introductions and commentary - durable sewn binding for lasting use 'not simply a better text but a new conception of Shakespeare. This is a major achievement of twentieth-century scholarship.' Times Literary Supplement ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 768 pages, 3 halftones
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 17/04/2008
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9780199535798
- Hardback from £167.50
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Review by Caomhghin
I'm not going to review the actual sonnets. Others have done it better and at great length. Obviously repays reading and rereading but every time I find something new.This edition is excellent. The poetry is presented clearly and cleanly and the notes don't overdo it as the Arden has a tendency to. Language and vocabulary are explained, contentious passages are discussed and additional meanings are covered, including, of course, the double entendres.
Review by shanaqui
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"...