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Shakespeare's Sonnets, those 154 beautifully-worded, nimbly-constructed poems, are not works with which one is ever "done." This collection of gems is something to revisit from time to time, and cliched though it may be, it yields some new understanding at every reading. I cannot say that I "know" these poems, though I have read each of them a number of times. Perhaps the two with which I am most familiar are #116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds / Admit impediments,... which features prominently in the film, Sense and Sensibility. Alas - the power of media... The other, and my all-time favorite, is #29: When in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes / I all alone beweep my outcast state... This latter has always appealed to the more depressive side of my character (those who love Christmas carols will be unsurprised to learn that my favorite verse of We Three Kings is the one with all the sorrow, sighing, bleeding and dying). It is not a coincidence that these two, Sonnets 116 and 29, are also the only two which I have committed to memory. Perhaps it is owing to the fact that I can call them to mind at any given moment, that I have spent my time playing with the pleasant rhythm of their lines, that I feel I understand them best? Memorization is not a pedagogical tool much in favor these days, but although I am no proponent of learning anything by rote, I sometimes wonder if memorizing might not be a wonderful way of improving mental discipline, and even, furthering eventual understanding... As for editions, of which there are no shortage, I'm afraid I do not own one of those sensible, scholarly versions, with helpful notes. No, I have a gift edition, put out by the British publisher, Tiger Books. It is arranged with one sonnet per page, and decorated with original color illustrations (mostly in the way of floral motifs) by Ian Penney, as well as thirty Elizabethan and Jacobean miniatures. Very pretty, and not terribly useful. But being the resourceful scholar I am, I have provided myself with a copy of Helen Vendler's The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets, whose 672 pages and CD should make all clear that was previously muddled. In short: I am by no means done with these poems, and when the time becomes available (I amuse myself sometimes with thoughts such as these), I intend to study them in greater detail. If you, gentle reader, have not yet had the pleasure of perusing these exquisite pieces... what can I say? Get thee to a library or bookstore with all haste.
Review: Sonnets (SparkNotes No Fear Shakespeare)User Review - Goodreads
This edition, without compromising the genuine language of Shakespeare, made me appreciate Shakespeare's language and talent, and made my reading experience even more "unforgettable" because---I have ...
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The following presentation of Sonnet 18, one of Shakespeare's most famous, will help you visualize the rhyming pattern of the sonnets. ...
Shakespeare's sonnets - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Shakespeare's sonnets, or simply The Sonnets, is a collection of poems ... The Sonnets were published under conditions that have become unclear to history. ...
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Words in the Sonnets-Folger Shakespeare Library
One surprising feature of the Sonnets is how rarely such archaic words appear. Among the more than a thousand words that make up the first ten sonnets, ...
The Sonnets (1)
The Sonnets are in some ways the most personal of Shakespeare's works. As a result, much ink has been spilt in an attempt to create a biography of ...
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"Shakespeare’s Sonnets, or simply The Sonnets, comprise a collection of 154 poems in sonnet form written by William Shakespeare that deal with such themes ...
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Shakespeare: Biographical aspects of the Sonnets
It may, however, be fully admitted that the Sonnets stand in a very different category from that of the plays. Not only does the poet of this kind speak ex ...
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shakespearecast.com » The Sonnets
Perhaps as an idea, rather than starting from the begining of the sonnets, students should pick their favourite sonnets? I’d love to hear some reading of ...
BBC/OU Open2.net - The Arts - The sonnets
An article assessing Shakespeare's Sonnets, the subjects they cover and their rising and falling popularity, set against the possibility of the realties of ...
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Charles Wolff / The Rhythm of the Sonnets
The Rhythm of the Sonnets was my semester project for an Introduction to Shakespeare class at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona, during the Spring ...
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The Place 2 Be: The Dark Lady of Shakespeare's Sonnets
Who was the Dark Lady addressed within the sonnets 127 to 152? ... Nowhere in the Sonnets are these people explicitly identified and their anonymity has ...
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