Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnets

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

TitleSonnets
ISBN9781903436578
Author
Release DateAug 21st, 1997
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
LanguageEnglish
GenrePoetry, Classics, Fiction
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Reviews Sonnets

  • Manny
    2009-01-19
    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
    2016-09-05
    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 ...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    2019-02-15
    This is my favourite Shakespeare sonnet: Sonnet 29 When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,I all alone beweep my outcast state,And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,And look upon myself and curse my fate,Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,Desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope,With what I most enjoy contented least;Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,Ha...
  • Dolors
    2015-04-12
    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
    2017-06-29
    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...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2011-05-13
    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...
  • Michael
    2014-07-04
    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
    2011-12-01
    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 Yahya
    2012-02-27
    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...
  • Manuel Antão
    2015-09-24
    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...
  • Piyangie
    2019-05-04
    I have known Shakespeare wrote sonnets. I had also bought a pocket book of them from my visit to Shakespearean birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. But honestly, I really didn't give much thought on reading it until I was impelled by a group read. I'm really glad that I read it and thankful to the group and the member who nominated it. Shakespeare is universally acclaimed for his plays. His use of satire, wit, clever plots and darker and tragic ele...
  • Alan
    2012-05-23
    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, like "Some glory in their birth, some in their skill," (91). Their imbedded mnemonics vary greatly. When I have required Shakespeare classes to memorize a couple, students would often ...
  • Apoorva
    2018-11-26
    Nice collection of poetry on various themes such as different types of love, lust, beauty, betrayal, destruction caused by time, art etc.Some of the ideas expressed seemed archaic and regressive but it’s understandable as it was written long ago, so it doesn’t affect my reading experience.I liked the collection of romantic sonnets; some sonnets have a sad quality to them. Here’s one of them:Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed,The dear rep...
  • David
    2009-11-16
    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
    2018-01-28
    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.
  • Amit Mishra
    2018-07-26
    There is no fundamental issue to call this book a great one. Shakespeare is really different from other poets. The style and composition of words in a beautiful pattern makes him look beyond the ordinary league. His sonnets secretly deliver manifold messages. From joy to the seriousness.
  • Darwin8u
    2011-03-11
    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.
  • Eryn
    2017-10-06
    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...
  • leynes
    2016-10-15
    Oh wow, these were beautiful. Most of them I didn't understand but the language was beautfiul.I still have to film a review for this and I'm just really intimidated, dear God, how am I to make sense of these!I don't have the book at hand (whilst writing this review) but the two lines that stuck out to me the most were: Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck;And yet methinks I have Astronomy, Gaah it's just so beautiful. But yeah, let's get th...
  • Deepthi
    2015-04-09
    All I want to do now is lie on the grass, and make mooony-eyes at the moon!
  • Virginia Pavone
    2015-06-30
    Shakespeare is so good! The Bard always wins!
  • Tracey
    2019-02-25
    Probably the best known of all of the 154 sonnets is Sonnet 18;Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimm’d; And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d; But thy eternal sum...
  •  amapola
    2017-08-28
    Shakespeare in loveTrovo che Shakespeare sia di una attualità sorprendente. Passano gli anni, i secoli, i millenni, ma il cuore dell’uomo resta eternamente lo stesso.18Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?Thou art more lovely and more temperateRough winds do y and more temperate Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date. Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexi...
  • Trevor
    2008-12-18
    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
    2011-09-26
    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...
  • Sue K H
    2016-12-04
    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
    2016-10-17
    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.