Introduced by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, this anthology is a celebration of poetry and the passion it inspires. It gathers together more than 300 of our favourite poems, spanning over 400 years.
Introduced by Katherine Duncan-Jones
Edited by Katherine Duncan-Jones
Published here as they first appeared with the narrative poem ‘A Lover’s Complaint’, Shakespeare’s sonnets show his transcendent mastery of language, and more, they reveal intimate glimpses of the poet’s mind.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! It is an ever-fixèd mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken
The plays of William Shakespeare remain the touchstone for all literature, but it is through his sonnets - published here as they first appeared with the narrative poem ’A Lover’ Complaint’ - that we gain the most telling glimpses into his own life. Many were kept private at the time of writing, and even now reading them gives a sense of intimate privilege. From the uncertainties which beset every wooer ’applying fears to hopes and hopes to fears’ to a triumphant confidence in the power of love ’that looks on tempests and is never shaken’, the poems span a vast range of emotions, and, while we may be fascinated by what they reveal about their writer, the sheer beauty of the language transcends all.
Quarter-bound in buckram with crushed silk sides designed by Anna Murray
Set in Monotype Bembo with the poetry in Narrow Bembo
224 pages with 38 engravings by various artists
Text based on the 1609 quarto
8¾˝ x 6˝
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