Synopses & Reviews
In 1593 Shakespeare awoke and found himself famous. Lines from his comic, erotic, tragic poem Venus and Adonis were on everyone's lips.The appearance in 1594 of the darkly reflective and richly descriptive Rape of Lucrece confirmed his fame as 'Sweet Master Shakespeare', Elizabethan England's most brilliant non-dramatic poet. Shorter poems in this volume testify further to Shakespeare's versatility and to his poetic fame. Some, like the much-debated [Phoenix and Turtle', pose problems of meaning; others raise questions about authorship and authenticity. Detailed annotation and a full Introduction seek to resolve such difficulties while also locating Shakespeare's poems in their literary context, which includes his own career as a playwright.
"Both Shakespeare's Poems and Shakespeare's Sonnets are highly recommended additions to the collections of students and scholars alike. The insightful introductory essays, detailed annotations, and polished texts contain many fresh approaches, giving them their long-overdue recognition."- PlayShakespeare.com
"Katherine Duncan-Jones is both one of the world's greatest experts on Shakespeare's life and work and also a writer of tremendousinsight and empathy. This is a superb edition of Shakespeare's poems."- William Boyd
"Quite the most insightful, thorough and authoritative account of Shakespeare's great narrative poems that you could imagine."- Gregory Doran
The Arden Shakespeare is the established edition of Shakespeare's work. Justly celebrated for its authoritative scholarship and invaluable commentary, Arden guides you a richer understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's plays. This edition of The Poems provides, a clear and authoritative text, detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text, a full introduction discussing the critical and historical background to the play and appendices presenting sources and relevant extracts.