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Sonnets

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Sonnets by William Shakespeare
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INTRODUCTION BY GERMAINE GREERShakespeare?s sonnets are lyrical, haunting, beautiful and often breath-taking, representing one of the finest bodies of poetry ever penned. They demonstrate the writer?s skill in capturing the full range of human emotions within a carefully prescribed form and creating something unique in every one. Some are familiar - Shall I compare thee to a summer?s day? - others unexpected, but together they form an extraordinary meditation on the nature of love, lust, beauty and time.

Author Biography

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, and was baptised on 26 April 1564. His father was a glove maker and wool merchant and his mother, Mary Arden, was the daughter of a well-to-do local land owner. Shakespeare was probably educated in Stratford?s grammar school. In 1582 he married Anne Hathaway, and the couple had a daughter the following year and twins in 1585.Shakespeare?s theatrical life seems to have commenced around 1590. We do know that he was part of the Lord Chamberlain?s Company, which was renamed the King?s Company in 1603 when James I succeeded to the throne. The Company acquired interests in two theatres in the Southwark area of London, near the banks of the Thames - the Globe and the Blackfriars.Shakespeare?s poetry was published before his plays, with two poems appearing in 1593 and 1594, dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton. Most of Shakespeare?s sonnets were probably written at this time as well. Records of Shakespeare?s plays begin to appear in 1594, and he produced roughly two a year until around 1611. His earliest plays include Henry VI and Titus Andronicus. A Midsummer Night?s Dream, The Merchant of Venice and Richard II all date from the mid to late 1590s. Some of his most famous tragedies were written in the early 1600s; these include Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth and Antony & Cleopatra. His late plays, often known as the Romances, date from 1608 onwards and include The Tempest.Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616 and was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. The first collected edition of his works was published in 1623 and is known as 'the First Folio?.
Release date NZ
March 26th, 2009
Contributor
Introduction by Germaine Greer
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Vintage Classics
Interest Age
From 12 to 17 years
Pages
176
Dimensions
129x198x12
ISBN-13
9780099518860
Product ID
2778002

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