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Sonnets and Other Poems
Sonnets and Other Poems | William Shakespeare
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Shakespeare became famous as a dazzling poet before most people even knew that he wrote plays. His sonnets are the English language's most extraordinary anatomy of love in all its dimensions-desire and despair, longing and loss, adoration and disgust. To read them is to confront morality and eternity in the same breath. Produced under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today's most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, The Sonnets and Other Poems includes all of Shakespeare's sonnets, the long narrative poems "Venus and Adonis" and "The Rape of Lucrece," and several other shorter works. Incorporating definitive texts and authoritative notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works, this unique volume also includes an expanded Introduction by Jonathan Bate that places the poems in literary and historical context and illuminates their relationship to Shakespeare's dramatic writing. Also featured are key facts about the individual selections; an index of the first lines of the sonnets; a chronology of Shakespeare's life and times; and recommendations for further reading. Ideal for students and general readers alike, this modern and accessible edition sets a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.
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GingerAntics
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Lines 37-42
She‘s the aggressor. Apparently, Shakespeare liked his women feisty. 😏
#Shakespeare #narrativepoems #venusandadonis

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GingerAntics
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Lines 31-36
Love how the traditional roles of the passionate male and the cold female are reversed. She‘s passionate, and he‘s cold.
#Shakespeare #narrativepoems #venusandadonis

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GingerAntics
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So many people seem to think the sonnets prove that Shakespeare is gay. Unfortunately, that‘s probably not the case. It seems a lot of writers in this period wrote sonnet sequences as a type of writing exercise (in fact, I may have to take it up myself just to say I did it once). His sexuality is neither important to these poems, nor on display. In Elizabethan England, only Shakespeare and Fletcher refused to name their characters/inspiration.

GingerAntics So the likelihood that these are about actual people is quite low. #shakespeare #sonnets #sonnetsandotherpoems #poetry (edited) 4y
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GingerAntics
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This intro is SO informative, and very interesting. I also just read that I probably should have read the narrative poems BEFORE the sonnets, because they sonnets refer back to the narrative poems at times. Oops.

#poetry #shakespeare #sonnets #narrativepoems #sonnetsandotherpoems

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GingerAntics
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So many good quotes, and I‘m only on the first section of the introduction. I cannot wait to read Venus and Adonis now.
#Shakespeare #VenusandAdonis #poetry #narrativepoem #sonnetsandotherpoems

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GingerAntics
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There is ZERO doubt about this double entendre. ROTFL🤣🤣🤣 Jesus Shakespeare. Dude.
#shakespeare #VenusandAdonis #narrativepoem #poetry #innuendo #shakespeareaninnuendo #doublemeaning

batsy 🙈 4y
GingerAntics @batsy right? I read that and I was like...well, somethings haven‘t changed since the 1590s. lol 4y
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