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Shakespeare's Sonnets and Poems: A Very Short Introduction

Jonathan F. S. Post

September 2017

ISBN: 9780198717577

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Jonathan Post introduces all of Shakespeare's poetry, including the sonnets and his great narrative poems, and explores themes of love and lust in these works. He also considers the debates surrounding their disputed authorship, and the impact these poems had, from contemporary readers right up to today.

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Jonathan Post introduces all of Shakespeare's poetry, including the sonnets and his great narrative poems, and explores themes of love and lust in these works. He also considers the debates surrounding their disputed authorship, and the impact these poems had, from contemporary readers right up to today.

  • Covers all of Shakespeare's poems, including the Sonnets and his major narrative poems, offering fresh analyses of the core themes and the most dramatically compelling moments
  • Gives an enhanced view of the art of Shakespeare's poetry in light of his own drama and the writing of several important contemporaries.
  • Explores connections between Shakespeare's poetry and the plays, and considers parallels with other arts of the period to illuminate Shakespeare's writing
  • Discusses the Afterlife of Shakespeare's poetry, especially the Sonnets, and considers later authors whose works were influenced by these poems
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over eight million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Jonathan F. S. Post, Distinguished Professor of English, UCLA

Jonathan F. S. Post is Distinguished Professor of English at UCLA, and the Founding Director of the UCLA Summer Shakespeare Program in Stratford and London. He is the author of many books and articles, including A Thickness of Particulars: The Poetry of Anthony Hecht, (Oxford University Press, 2013), and the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare's Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Table of Contents

    1: Poet and playwright: page and stage
    2: Venus and Adonis
    3: The Rape of Lucrece
    4: The sonnets 1
    5: The sonnets 2
    6: A Lover's Complaint and <"The Phoenix and Turtle>"
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"This little gem achieves a great deal in very short compass, swiftly capturing the paradox at the sonnet's heart." - Katharine Craik, Times Literary Supplement

"This elegant little book is more than an introduction to the greatest lyric poems in the English language; it is itself a finely crafted work of English prose, one that any admirer of these poems will want to savour." - James Longenbach

"cover[s] an impressive amount of literary and historical ground, and convey[s] a suitably sizeable serving of Shakespeare knowledge." - Shakespeare Magazine