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ISBN:1585679216
Author: David West
ISBN13: 978-1585679218
Title: Shakespeare's Sonnets
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Language: English
Category: History and Criticism
Publisher: The Overlook Press; 1 edition (June 14, 2007)
Pages: 368

Shakespeare's Sonnets by David West



When I read Shakespeare Wars by Ron Rosenbaum he recommended Stephen Booth's analysis of the Shakespeare Sonnets, although I find the presentation lacks the aesthetic of an artistic work and at times gets pretty technical which seems somewhat diminishing of the author's intent. I also looked at The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets version. It has all the aesthetics of an artful book even producing the original and modernised text yet I found it a little too logical and intellectual. I believe the best way to experience these poems is emotionally with some sensitivity and really to move beyond the ordinary world of consciousness to the special world of the poet.

Oh that record could with a backward look, Even of five hundred courses of the sun, Show me your image in some antique book, Since mind at first in character was done, That I might see what the old world could say To this composed wonder of your frame; Whether we are mended, or where better they, Or whether revolution be the same.

Shakespeare's sonnets translations below are intended to offer an easy read-through to aid understanding. There is no attempt to 'translate' Shakespeare's sonnets word for word, as Shakespeare's poetry is intense and heavily layered with multiple meanings and use of rhyme, metre, and metaphors  . Read Shakespeare’s sonnets below, along with a modern English interpretation. These are intended to offer an easy read-through to aid understanding of the sonnets. There’s no attempt to ‘translate’ Shakespeare’s sonnets word for word, as Shakespeare’s poetry is intense and heavily layered with multiple meanings and use of rhyme, metre, and metaphors. I have translated 40 sonnets into Farsi, and I am looking for a way to get them published in a book. If can help me please inform me. thanks.

As the plays leave interpretive space for the audienc. o the sonnets drop hints to draw the reader into their implied narrative. Both Bate and Schalkwyk made this connection between Shakespeare as writer of plays and the ways in which the sonnets work.

Top 10 Shakespeare Sonnets. Word on the street (and the English wing of your high school campus) is that William Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets. Among other things about which I was a little skeptical in literature classes, this number is one of them. Personally, I think he wrote several hundred more. If you’ve ever tried to write a sonnet, you know that more often than not, it doesn’t come out right the first time

Looking for a Shakespeare Sonnet? Our top 15 best Shakespeare Sonnets. Leading resource for finding the perfect Shakespeare Sonnet.

Introduction to Shakespeare's Sonnets A sonnet is a 14-line poem that rhymes in a particular pattern.

Shakespeare's Sonnets. William Shakespeare certainly had a lot to say about love. This unique event took place in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and celebrated Shakespeare's extraordinary legacy and his enduring influence on all performance art forms - from opera to jazz, dance to musicals.

Shakespeare: Sonnets. 1: From fairest creatures we desire increase . To the onlie begetter of these insving sonnets mr. . all happinesse and that eternitie promised by ovr ever-living poet wisheth the well-wishing adventvrer in setting forth. shake-speares, sonnets. 2-. Shakespeare: Sonnets.

Shakespeare's sonnets almost all follow the same structure. The consist of three quatrains of four line stanza, and a final couplet written in iambic pentameter. The rhyme scheme Shakespeare used for his sonnets was: abab cdcd efef gg. Though a few sonnets are exceptions to this rule (99, 126, 145) most of the sonnets are strictly "Shakespearean.

"In this new and accessible presentation of Shakespeare's sublime lyrics, David West draws on his career as a classicist to examine Shakespeare's Sonnets in a new light." "The application of the techniques of classical scholarship to the sonnets results in an impressive contribution to Shakespearean studies. At a time when our familiarity with Shakespeare's language is in decline, West restores the full force of the poems' meaning to non-specialist readers with an immediacy and power that will surprise and delight." "The context of each poem, its relationship with its neighbours, its argument, and the details of its language and musical effects are explained in clear terms by a master of close reading. This is literary presentation at its best - a sensitive and subtle reading of the Bard at the height of his powers."--Jacket.
Reviews: 7
TheMoonix
Got this book to help with an essay in college and is very nice. First off the book itself is made wonderfully. It has sort of an old stlye of how the paper looks, you will understand once you get it, and had no problems with any torn pages or any damage to the book. This book is filled with excellent informative commentary on all of Shakespeare sonnets. If you are like me who needed some good commentary that will help in an essay, like another perspective on the sonnet, or just want to understand the sonnet this book is for you. The book is just fantastic.
Invissibale
As a relative beginner into Shakespeare, I searched carefully for a complete volume of his sonnets that would help me navigate them with both logic and passion. This book also gives an overview of the works and an historical setting. I go to it often.
Umge
Clear, concise, sane, scholarly. Of the many commentaries I have on the Sonnets, this one has helped me most. If I could keep only three editions of the Sonnets, David West's would be one of them, along with those of Stephen Booth and Don Paterson.
Deodorant for your language
Amazon review forces you to write enough words in order to make a review post, but all I really want to say is that I love this book and almost all of you will as well.
nailer
Great edition.
Topmen
When it comes to the Shakespeare Sonnets I have searched north, south and east, and discovered that of all the directions one can go West is best.

When I read Shakespeare Wars by Ron Rosenbaum he recommended Stephen Booth's analysis of the Shakespeare Sonnets, although I find the presentation lacks the aesthetic of an artistic work and at times gets pretty technical which seems somewhat diminishing of the author's intent.

When I read the Sonnets (No Fear Shakespeare)I loved the simplicity of putting a personal interpretation side by side with the Sonnets. I think that the sometimes vague yet sensitive and allusive language is open to many interpretations and really is part of the mystery of the sonnets, so that book would be better if it offered more possible interpretations and hopefully the reader would wonder what else a word or line might mean to exercise and excite their own understanding. Because it's inexpensive I use it for making notes.

You can even get the Soonets for free because they aqre in the public domain having been written prior to 1923, if you want by downloading on your Kindle or Kindle app. You will get the text without commentary and I like to search to track down a specific reference or theme.

I also looked at The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets version. It has all the aesthetics of an artful book even producing the original and modernised text yet I found it a little too logical and intellectual.

I believe the best way to experience these poems is emotionally with some sensitivity and really to move beyond the ordinary world of consciousness
to the special world of the poet.

I consider that West with his particular method offered me enlightenment and enhanced my understanding of several of the poems. He publishes all the poems followed by one or two page essay/interpretation. If I were to write a book on the Sonnets his book I think offers the best model for writing the ideal book at once both tought provoking and artistic.

One of the mysteries of the sonnets is the apparent difference in experience between what is related in the Sonnets and the known facts of the life of Shakespeare.

For we have themes of banishment, disgrace and scandal and anonymity, the dark lady and even the rival poet. Scholars have attempted to explain this for many years. We know that Shakespeare was not touched by banishment digrace or scandal, and certainly not anonymous. It has been explained as projection or role playing, although I believe they can be best understood and appreciated as deeply personal experiences.

You would hardly choose to write poems about shame and banishment if they were not part of your personal experince, would you?

I have also read Wraight's take on the The Story That the Sonnets Tell. It's a book I would dearly love to own but is difficult to find and not inexpensive if you can. It is possible though to read it online. In terms of understading the author and the poems it yields the closest interpretation to the intent of the poet and offers another good model.

Shakespeare was married yet the only real mention of a possible married relationship comes near the end of the book though the reference is to love and mistress not wife.

Here are some lines on exile:

How heavy do I journey on the way Sonnet 50
When what I seek, my weary travel's end,
Doth teach that ease and that repose to say,
'Thus far the miles are measured from thy friend.'

Scandal, exile:

When in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf Heav 'n with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate, Sonnet 29

Disgrace, banishment:

Let those who are in favour with their stars
Of public honour and proud titles boast,
Whilst I whom fortune of such triumph bars Sonnet 25

Anonymity, death:

The earth can yield me but a common grave Sonnet 81
Coward conquest of a wretch's knife Sonnet 74

So, if you want to get it here on Amazon as I write the price is on the lofty side.

I encourage you to price compare with Amazon subsidiary Abebooks. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. West is best. I hope this was helpful and encourage you to read or get the Wraight version too.
Jugore
Probably the best edition and commentary for the general reader: sensitive, sensible, lucid, informed and blessedly free of exegetical excess or misplaced ingenuity.