Reading Shakespeare"s sonnets
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Reading Shakespeare"s sonnets a new commentary by Don Paterson

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Published by Faber and Faber in London .
Written in English


  • English Sonnets,
  • Sonnetten,
  • History and criticism

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Edition Notes

Statementby Don Paterson
LC ClassificationsPR2848 .P38 2010
The Physical Object
Paginationxxi, 500 p. ;
Number of Pages500
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24844094M
ISBN 100571245021
ISBN 109780571245024
LC Control Number2011379093

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“Ideas of Order is a superb guide to the preeminent sequence of lyric poems in the English L. Rudenstine is a famously gifted close-reader, wonderfully alert to nuances of tone and meaning in each individual sonnet, but his great achievement in this book is to illuminate the irony, poignancy, and wisdom of Shakespeare's whole astonishing structure.” ―Stephen Greenblatt /5(11).   In Reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets, the winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, Don Paterson offers an entertaining, exuberant and obsessively passionate guide to Shakespeare’s most private work. Almost pages of commentary and analysis of the sonnets are supplemented by an 'Introduction’, 'A Note on the Sonnet Form’ and 'A Note on Metre’.   Shakespeare's Sonnets are as important and vital today as they were when first published four hundred years ago. Perhaps no collection of verse before or since has so captured the imagination of readers and lovers; certainly no poem has come under such intense critical scrutiny, and presented the reader with such a bewildering number of alternative interpretations.2/5(1). Book Review William Shakespeare wrote hundreds of sonnets over three decades, mostly from the s through I'm assuming most everyone has read a few of his sonnets, given they are usually required reading in high school. There is something to love in every single one of them. There is something to be confused at in every single of them/5.

Shakespeare's sonnets are by far his most important nondramatic poetry. They were first published in , although many of them had certainly been circulated privately before this, and it is generally agreed that the poems were written sometime in the s. 8 rows  shakespeare hamlet "Hamlet" by Shakespeare: qui. "qui", not "Quixote" love stories: love . Read all of Shakespeare’s sonnets below, along with a modern English interpretation of each one. These are intended to offer an easy read-through to aid understanding of the sonnets. There’s no attempt to ‘translate’ Shakespeare’s sonnets word for word, as Shakespeare’s poetry is intense.   Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets is an impressive work and there is a lifetime of enjoyment to be had from this loquacious and erudite book.' --Adam O'Riordan, Sunday Telegraph 'Like all the best literary criticism, it combines highly sensitive attention to detail - the exact meaning of a word, the way in which a poetic image does its work, /5(32).

  I have only ever read a couple of Shakespeare's sonnets before and never really saw myself sitting reading a book of of them, never mind a couple of pages of commentary accompanying each one. However, Scottish poet Don Paterson conveys the innovation, technique and drama behind the sonnets making this book a curious page-turner/5(18). In his masterly commentary on Sonnet in his Reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A New Commentary, the poet Don Paterson brilliantly describes this poem as ‘a terrific display of self-directed fury, raging away in the little cage of the sonnet like a spitting wildcat.’ This poem, about the ‘mood-plummet’ that can ensue after sex, brilliantly captures the way we, as thinking animals, misinterpret .   The main motivation here was reading Helen Vendler's brilliant and infuriating The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets. As a critic, Vendler has led me through .   Asking 30 contemporary poets to respond to his sonnets was always likely to produce a mixed bag, and so it proves in On Shakespeare’s Sonnets, edited by 4/5.