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Shakespeare's Sonnets

An Original-Spelling Text

Edited by Paul Hammond

January 2016

ISBN: 9780198728016

510 pages
Paperback
216x138mm

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Price: £24.99

Shakespeare's Sonnets are the most famous and controversial love poems in the English language. This book is both an edition of these poems and a guide to how to read them. It is the only current edition which provides an original-spelling text, and prints the poems as they appeared in the first edition, Shake-speares Sonnets(1609).

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Shakespeare's Sonnets are the most famous and controversial love poems in the English language. This book is both an edition of these poems and a guide to how to read them. It is the only current edition which provides an original-spelling text, and prints the poems as they appeared in the first edition, Shake-speares Sonnets(1609).

  • Original-spelling text brings the reader closer to the most famous and most controversial love poems in the English language as they were originally written and read
  • Extensive introduction sets the poems in their literary context and explores different ways of reading
  • Detailed glosses help the reader to understand the language precisely
  • Appendices on Shakespeare's rhetoric and vocabulary enable the modern reader to appreciate the rich verbal play of the poetry

About the Author(s)

Edited by Paul Hammond, Professor of Seventeenth-Century English Literature, University of Leeds

Paul Hammond was educated at Peter Symonds' School, Winchester, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a Prize Fellow from 1978-82. He subsequently taught at the University of Leeds, where he has been Professor of Seventeenth-Century English Literature since 1996. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2002. His books include Restoration Literature: An Anthology (OUP, 2002), Figuring Sex between Men from Shakespeare to Rochester (OUP, 2002, co-edited with Andrew Hadfield), Shakespeare and Renaissance Europe (The Arden Shakespeare, 2005, co-edited with David Hopkins), Dryden: Selected Poems (Longman, 2006), The Strangeness of Tragedy (OUP, 2009), and John Milton: Life, Writings, Reputation (OUP for the British Academy, 2010, co-edited with Blair Worden).

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    List of Illustrations
    PART I: READING SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS
    1:The Sonnets and their First Readers
    2:Reading the Sonnet Form
    3:Reading the Sonnet Tradition
    4:Reading the Sonnets
    5:Reading an Original-Spelling Text
    A Note on the Text and Annotation
    Abbreviations
    PART II: AN ORIGINAL-SPELLING EDITION OF SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS
    Shake-speares Sonnets
    Appendix: The Texts of Sonnets 138 and 144 from The Passionate Pilgrim
    PART III: AIDS TO READING
    Shakespeare's Rhetorical Figures
    Shakespeare's Complex Words
    Further Reading
    Index of First Lines

Reviews

Review from previous edition In Shakespeare's Sonnet's, Paul Hammond attends carefull to the linguistic rather than the biographical texture of the relationships in the poem ... The erudition and insight of Paul Hammond's edition ... will leave many readers grateful to have in their hands many of the things they might wish to have said about the Sonnets, and will also open up new avenues of interpretation. - Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, Times Literary Supplement

This handsome volume offers readers a thorough examination of William Shakespeare's sonnets as original-spelling texts ... [It] will serve as a valuable pedagogical tool for those wishing to pursue more in-depth studies of Shakespeare. - A.P. Pennino, Choice

insightful, pleasant to read, and useful. - Paul Edmondson, Around the Globe