The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint  -     By: William Shakespeare
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The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint

Penguin Classics / 2010 / Hardcover

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There's a joy in holding a beautifully bound book of poems in your hand- - and even more so when you're reading Shakespeare's Sonnets. Featuring the sonnets as well as the longer "A Lover's Complaint," this volume will delight any lover of words. Line-numbers included every five lines. Introduction and list of "further reading" also included.

Part of the Penguin Classics Hardcover Series, the fabric-bound, imprinted cover was designed by the acclaimed Coralie Bickford-Smith. The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint features a pattern of orange flowers on a maroon-red background. Red ribbon marker included.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 7.38 X 5.06 (inches)
ISBN: 0141192577
ISBN-13: 9780141192574
Availability: In Stock
Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

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Publisher's Description

An elaborately annotated edition of Shakespeare's masterpieces of wit and erotic word-play.

When a volume of poetry entitled Shakespeares Sonnets. Never before Imprinted appeared in 1609, Shakespeare was forty-five and most of his greatest plays had seen several performances. Some of the sonnets, speaking of the begetting of children, mortality and memory, art, desire and jealousy, are addressed to a beloved youth; others are addressed to a treacherous mistress, a "dark lady." Appended to the sonnets is "A Lover's Complaint," a beautiful poem in rhyme-royal in which a young woman is overheard lamenting her betrayal by a heartless seducer.

While Shakespeare's biographers continue their investigations, readers may find the "secret" of the sonnets in the poetry itself. In this spirit John Kerrigan provides an illuminating Introduction to the volume as a whole, together with 258 pages of commentaries on the poems, a textual history, and suggestions for further reading.

Edited with an Introduction by John Kerrigan.

Author Bio

Regarded as one of the greatest writers in the English language, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He completed over thirty plays, a collection of sonnets, and five narrative poems.
John Kerrigan is Lecturer in English at St. John's College, Cambridge University.
Coralie Bickford-Smith is an award-winning designer at Penguin Books, where she has created several highly acclaimed series designs. She studied typography at Reading University and lives in London.

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