The Sonnets by William Shakespeare


The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's 154 sonnets describe aspects of two different loves experienced by the speaker, and is considered among the best verses in the English language. This invaluable new study guide contains a selection of the best criticism through the centuries of Shakespeare's sonnets. Students will benefit from the abundant features included in this volume, such as an introduction by Harold Bloom, analysis of key lines, and more.

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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later.

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408 pages


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Publication date

15th November 2008



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