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The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Helen Vendler, widely regarded as our most accomplished interpreter of poetry, here serves as an incomparable guide to some of the best-loved poems in the English language.

In detailed commentaries on Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, Vendler reveals previously unperceived imaginative and stylistic features of the poems, pointing out not only new levels of import in particular lines, but also the ways in which the four parts of each sonnet work together to enact emotion and create dynamic effect. The commentaries--presented alongside the original and modernized texts--offer fresh perspectives on the individual poems, and, taken together, provide a full picture of Shakespeare's techniques as a working poet. With the help of Vendler's acute eye, we gain an appreciation of "Shakespeare's elated variety of invention, his ironic capacity, his astonishing refinement of technique, and, above all, the reach of his skeptical imaginative intent."

Vendler's understanding of the sonnets informs her readings on an accompanying compact disk, which is bound with the book. This recorded presentation of a selection of the poems, in giving aural form to Shakespeare's words, heightens our awareness of voice in lyric, and adds the dimension of sound to poems too often registered merely as written words.

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Helen Vendler, widely regarded as our most accomplished interpreter of poetry, here serves as an incomparable guide to some of the best-loved poems in the English language. In detailed commentaries on Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, Vendler reveals previously unperceived imaginative and stylistic features of the poems, pointing out not only new levels of import in particular lines, but also the ways in which the four parts of each sonnet work together to enact emotion and create dynamic effect.

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Nominee, 1997 National Book Critics Circle Awards

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In detailed commentaries on Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, Vendler reveals previously unperceived imaginative and stylistic features of the poems. 154 facsimiles. 35 illustrations.

About the Author

Helen Vendler is A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University.

Harvard University

Table of Contents

  • Conventions of Reference
  • Introduction
  • The Sonnets
  • Appendix 1: Key Words
  • Appendix 2: Defective Key Words
  • Words Consulted
  • Index of First Lines

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674637122
Author:
Vendler, Helen H.
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Author:
Vendler, Helen
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. ;
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Shakespeare, william, 1564-1616
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Sonnets
Subject:
Sonnets, English
Subject:
Single Author - British & Irish
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Literary Criticism-Shakespeare
Subject:
Reference - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
451-CE1442
Publication Date:
November 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
696
Dimensions:
10 x 6 in 38 oz

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Product details 696 pages Belknap Press - English 9780674637122 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Helen Vendler, widely regarded as our most accomplished interpreter of poetry, here serves as an incomparable guide to some of the best-loved poems in the English language. In detailed commentaries on Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, Vendler reveals previously unperceived imaginative and stylistic features of the poems, pointing out not only new levels of import in particular lines, but also the ways in which the four parts of each sonnet work together to enact emotion and create dynamic effect.
"Synopsis" by , Nominee, 1997 National Book Critics Circle Awards
"Synopsis" by , In detailed commentaries on Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, Vendler reveals previously unperceived imaginative and stylistic features of the poems. 154 facsimiles. 35 illustrations.
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