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A bestselling, beautifully designed edition of William Shakespeares sonnets, complete with valuable tools for educators The authoritative edition of Shakespeares Sonnets from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on the facing page of each sonnet A brief introduction to each sonnet, providing insight into its possible meaning An index of first lines Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Librarys vast holdings of rare books An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the sonnets The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the worlds largest collection of Shakespeares printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs For information, visit

Title : Shakespeare's Sonnets (Folger Shakespeare Library)
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ISBN : 0671722875
Format Type : Massmarketpaperback
Language : English
Publisher : Simon Reissue edition February 1, 2004
Number of Pages : 432 pages
File Size : 691 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Shakespeare's Sonnets (Folger Shakespeare Library) Reviews

  • Steve G
    2019-01-30 18:21

    I'm a fan of the layout of Folger Shakespeare Library. The covers are also beautiful, but the play on the right, explanation of archaic terms on the left style is very helpful to the reader and makes getting into Shakespeare much easier.

  • Allen Smalling
    2019-02-05 19:45

    How would I describe the plot of this book, Amazon asks. It has no plot, it's a more-than-brilliant collection of poetry in sonnet form. Which of these words describes the mood? There are many moods -- playful, sexy, profound, intense, even, we are told, occasionally homophilic. I would say my mood was awestruck in the face of such literary genius. How would I describe the pace? Un-put-downable. How would I describe the characters? Given their full due and then some.

  • The Lion
    2019-01-25 00:31

    I'm an English PhD student, and even I have trouble with Shakespeare. His language is beautifully complex, and it can take me a long time to unpack what his characters are trying to say. I've cross-referenced "No Fear" on the SparkNotes website before for other Shakespeare plays, but it's been nice to have a hard copy in hand. I go from the original text on the left and then onto the "modern" text on the right as needed. In this way I'm able to understand Shakespeare without missing out on the richness of his language.

  • M. Atkinson
    2019-02-09 22:19

    The sonnets are annotated with grace, precision and completeness here. Virtually every puzzle (or potential quibble) is commented upon in the rich notes facing each sonnet, and if there are ambiguities, they are allowed to flourish, rather than being settled. So there's plenty left for the reader to do, deciding which way to tilt the reading, and great enjoyment to be had. Smart, comprehensive, and readable (though it's true that to speak of its being readable in the most literal sense requires me to squint while reading the notes in anything but bright light). This is the indispensable collection of Shakespeare's Sonnets for a reader interested in savoring their incredible richness.

  • Ravindra M.R.S.Naidu
    2019-02-20 02:33

    It is there, the sonnets, all for one to relish the words that ooze with their meaninsg. Wha is missing is the intrepretations....perhaps, the books intends to present the originals and origal as possible, leaving the meanigs and imagery to formed as the readers visualise. An excellent book indeed.

  • Tyson
    2019-02-03 22:28

    Shakespeare's sonnets are even more genius than time has given them credit. If I had to choose between Hamlet and The Sonnets.. it would be a very difficult choice. Shakespeare re-invented the sonnet, gave it a more mainstream structure. Each one tells a brief story, a super mini-play, an inner monologue, an ode to love, betrayal or wisdom, etc. I enjoy 21st century poetry from time to time, but this is the stuff you can sink your teeth into. I like the structure and its limits. Shakespeare takes complicated life experiences and explains them in 140 syllables and a catchy rhyme scheme. Modern poets enjoy making life sound even more complicated than it really is.

  • Newspeak
    2019-02-10 20:48

    The sonnets are free. Download them. Put them on the front screen of your kindle, then get up to buy a coffee. Make sure the hipster girl sitting at the table next to you sees what you are reading on your kindle. Get back to your table, look like you are reading sonnets. Pretend to weep softly to yourself. Look up and catch her eye. She gives you a kind small smile. Get up and leave, never to see her again, because what could be is always more beautiful than what is.

  • judy
    2019-02-04 22:33

    I was quite surprised at how lovely this book was when I opened the package. I am torn about giving it as I think it is a fine edition to have on my shelf. Alas I must do the right thing and try to get another copy for myself. It is well laid out and quite special. I highly recommend this edition of the Sonnets.