Shakespeare's Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Sonnets

This prize-winning work provides a facsimile of the 1609 Quarto printed in parallel with a conservatively edited, modernized text, as well as commentary that ranges from brief glosses to substantial critical essays. Stephen Booth’s notes help a modern reader toward the kind of understanding that Renaissance readers brought to the works.

Details Shakespeare's Sonnets

TitleShakespeare's Sonnets
Release DateAug 21st, 1997
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages488 pages
GenrePoetry, Classics, Literature, Fiction, Romance, Plays, European Literature, British Literature, Academic, School, Drama, English Literature

Reviews Shakespeare's Sonnets

  • 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 fourOr my name's not Heather Mills.Shakespeare's Sonnet XCIV (abridged)Stay cool man. Peace.Like, flower power, y'know?
  • Dolors
    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 Tho...
  • 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. ...
  • Huda Aweys
    Shakespeare's poems addressed the bilateral of life and deathAlso 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 للق...
  • Huda Yahya
    بلا جدال السونيتة المفضلة---------------- Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewestNow 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 wombDisdains the tillage of thy husbandry?Or who is he so fond will be the tombOf his self-love, to stop posterity? Thou art thy mother's glass and she in theeC...
  • David
    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 increaseThat thereby beauty's Rose might never dieBut as the riper should be time deceaseHis 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...
  • Deepthi
    All I want to do now is lie on the grass, and make mooony-eyes at the moon!
  • Alan
    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 classesto memorize a couple, students would often ...
  • Paula
    Sonnet: 116"let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments; love is not loveWhich alters when it alteration finds,Or bends with the remover to remove:O, no, it is an ever-fixèd mark,That looks on tempests and is never shaken;It is the star to every wand'ring bark,Whose worth's unknown, although his heighth be taken."
  • 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 متویی ارباب عشق و بنده ام من؛ به لطفت بنده ای پای...
  • Sue K H
    BeautifulI loved this. Read and listened to these poems. I'm glad they are on my Kindle so I can go back to them anytime, both the favorites I've highlighted, and also to those I didn't completely understand.
  • Trevor
    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’...
  • Abrir un Libro
    ¿Qué lector de poesía no ha pensado alguna vez en los Sonetos de William Shakespeare —esos monólogos de melancolía, celos o traición—, como la máxima expresión del amor? El misterio que rodea la dedicatoria al enigmático “Mr H.W.”, o los versos a la extraña “Dark Lady”, no ha hecho más que aumentar el halo arcano que envuelve a los sonetos más famosos de la Literatura Universal.Publicados en 1609, se han realizado innumera...
  • Brooklyn Tayla
    Truthfully I don't think any other poetry will move me as much as these Sonnets. They cover various topics, as it were, and all are just filled with such raw emotion.
  • Alexandra
    Prečítala som 154 sonetov. (view spoiler)[154 vymrdaných. sonetov. doslova a do písmena. Nevera, sodomia, zrada, sexuálne zneužívanie, manipulovanie s psychikou ľudí o polovicu života mladších, nabádanie k rozmnožovaniu,... (hide 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 p...
  • Alex
    Two passions dwell in poet's heart Two desperate obsessions are reflected through his artThose are two characters from Shakespeare's poetry triangle:The dark skinned lady and the man of fair skinHis charm is gentle and she's a striking beauty queenThree lives, three loves in chains of jealousy are fatally entangled Did two conspire secretly behind the poet's backBetraying 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.....
  • Mientras Leo
    Una edición magnífica y una interpretación sencilla que mantiene la poesía en una suerte de estado natural mientras relata esa historia apasionada de dos amores, que va pasando por cada estadío.http://entremontonesdelibros.blogspot...
  • Iva
    beautiful poetry
  • Bryn Hammond
    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...
  • Jennie
    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 p...
  • 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 PeakeBaba Ganoushby Tom Wells with music composed by Tom CoultLee 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...
  • Keith
    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...
  • Lynne King
    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
    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...
  • Jowayria Rahal
    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 ta...
  • janine
    penguin still can't annotate for shit
  • Emily
    I really enjoyed the “abridged” versions of a Goodreads reviewer called Manny, so I’m adding a few more of my own:Sonnets I – XVII (1 – 17): Have babies. Have babies. Have babies. Have babies. Etc. Sonnet LXXV (75): I love you like a fat kid love cake. Sonnet XC (90): Kick me now while I’m down, not when I’m getting up again. Ta. Sonnets C – CIII (100 – 103): Sorry about the lack of poems recently... Muse issues...Sonnet CIX –...
  • 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 d...