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Shakespeare's poems, aside from the enduring appeal of the Sonnets, are much less familiar today than his plays, despite being enormously popular in his lifetime. This Introduction celebrates the achievement of Shakespeare as a poet, providing students with ways of understanding and enjoying his remarkable poems. It honours the aesthetic and intellectual complexity of the poems without making them seem unapproachably complicated, outlining their exquisite pleasures and absorbing enigmas. Schoenfeldt suggests that today's readers are better able to analyze aspects of the poems that were formerly ignored or the source of scandal – the articulation of a fervent same-sex love, for example, or the incipient racism inherent in a hierarchy of light and dark. By engaging closely with Shakespeare's major poems – Venus and Adonis, Lucrece, The Phoenix and the Turtle, the Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint – the Introduction demonstrates how much these extraordinary poems still have to say to us.Read more
- Covers all of Shakespeare's non-dramatic poetry, rather than focussing exclusively on the Sonnets, exploring Shakespeare's developing verbal prowess
- Introduces students to the many approaches and contexts for reading Shakespeare's poetry, and presents exemplary readings of individual poems
- Addresses the controversies surrounding Shakespearean authorship, including the claim that the works of William Shakespeare were not written by William Shakespeare, and the frequent rediscovery of 'new' poems by Shakespeare
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"Schoenfeldt's volume has all the merits of a first-rate lecture series. It provides the facts, engages judiciously with current scholarship, and models exacting readings of target texts." --Recent Studies of the English Renaissance
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- Date Published: November 2010
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521879415
- length: 174 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 155 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.4kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Shakespeare and English poetry
2. Shakespeare's banquet of sense: 'Venus and Adonis'
3. 'My tongue shall utter all': constraint and complaint in 'Lucrece'
4. Mysteries of the Sonnets
5. 'All in war with time': progeny, poetry, and entropy in the Sonnets
6. Friendship and love, darkness and lust: desire in the Sonnets
7. Solitary and mutual flames: 'A Lover's Complaint' and 'The Phoenix and the Turtle'
8. Passionate pilgrims: fantasies of Shakespearean authorship
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