Sonnets by William Shakespeare


T.S. Eliot once wrote that, "Shakespeare gives the greatest width of human passion," and it is this passion that has traditionally made The Sonnets appealing to literati and laymen alike. Surrounded by mystery, these poems of devotion and jealousy, of a young courtier and a Dark Lady, have been the subject of endless speculation. They are highly mystical and at the same time highly honest; as W. H. Auden wrote, "...what is astonishing about the s...

Details Sonnets

Release DateAug 21st, 1997
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
GenrePoetry, Classics, Fiction

Reviews 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?
  • James
    Book Review William Shakespeare wrote hundreds of sonnets over three decades, mostly from the 1580s through 1610. 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. No one can deny his talent. Whether you enjoy rhymes or prefer just the beauty of the words, the lines ...
  • 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...
  • Alok Mishra
    Shakespeare has almost become synonymous to drama, we all know the fact. However, the lyrical quality that he was born with (even his life was lyrical, wasn't it?) bestowed immense poetry to his plays and perhaps, those plays led to the sonnets we are singing even today. Is there any sonnet sequence in the world which is as popular as Shakespeare's is? I don't think so. Academic people may debate upon the authenticity and ramifications of the son...
  • Michael
    Ever intimate in tone, Shakespeare's sonnets reflect upon the relationship between love and power, in addition to considering the many forms attempts to ward off oblivion might take. Most of the sonnets are addressed to the so-called Fair Youth (1-126), some to the Dark Lady (127-154), but all the sonnets share strikingly similar thematic and formal concerns, to the point at which the two sequences read as variations on the same set of topics. So...
  • 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. ...
  • Manuel Antão
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.To Sonnetate or not to Sonnetate, that is the Question: "Os Sonetos de Shakespeare" by William Shakespeare and Vasco Graça Moura   NB: VGM = Vasco Graça Moura; "Os Sonetos de Shakespeare" = The Shakespeare Sonnets. I’ve always wanted to read VGM’s take, not only because of the sonnets, but also because of VGM’s “translation”. What VGM did was not really a translation. Wh...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Sonnets, William ShakespeareShakespeare's sonnets is the title of a collection of 154 sonnets by William Shakespeare, which covers themes such as the passage of time, love, beauty and mortality. The first 126 sonnets are addressed to a young man; the last 28 to a woman.Sonnet 1 Sonnet 1 is one of 154 sonnets written by the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. It is a procreation sonnet within the Fair Youth sequence.From fairest creat...
  • 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...
  • WhatIReallyRead
    I didn't expect to enjoy Shakespeare's Sonnets quite so much. The only word I can think of to describe the experience is: lovely. So far it seems, I'm more into classical poetry than I am into modern one.
  • Magdalen
    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 te...
  • Darwin8u
    I really haven't read Shakespeare's sonnets in any consistent way since high school (where I read less than twenty and memorized two). It was fascinating to read all 154 from first to last as a whole connected work. One really gets a sense that English is a tool which almost all of us use, many often play with, but only Shakespeare fully owned. The Bard could bend a word, fit infinity in a couplet, and drop the whole universe on a period.
  • George
    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. Επιτέ...
  • Larnacouer de SH
    Zaman zaman farklı yayınevleri ve çevirmenlerden okuyorum soneleri, ilk kez İș Kültür denedim ve çeviri inanılmaz battı. 💧Ama elbette William'ın hatrına:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!
  • 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 ...
  • Kit✵
    4/5 StarsShakespeare has some wonderful poems, he really does. They're even better than his plays, in my opinion. However, quite unfortunately, some of them are really difficult to understand. So even though I appreciate his expertly/tightly written poems, I didn't appreciate how I had trouble understanding about 30% of them.Asides from the trouble understanding some of them, these are imaginative and lovely poems that everyone should read at lea...
  • Deepthi
    All I want to do now is lie on the grass, and make mooony-eyes at the moon!
  • Sara Jesus
    Amo Shakespeare. E os seus sonetos.... São tão belos e repletos de palavras de amor. Li-os finalmente na sua língua original. E consegui sentir cada palavra produzida.Bravo Shakespeare! A tua obra será sempre eterna, grande pai do teatro inglês!
  • Virginia Pavone
    Shakespeare is so good! The Bard always wins!
  • 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’...
  • 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...
  • Metin Yılmaz
    Çok fazla geldi bir süreden sonra sürekli aşk ve sevgi sözleri okumak. Ama tabi klasik sözler değil bunlar o yüzden okunuyor bir solukta.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...