The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets
Helen Vendler, widely regarded as our most accomplished interpreter of poetry, here serves as an incomparable guide to some of the best-loved poems in the English language. In detailed commentaries on Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, Vendler reveals previously unperceived imaginative and stylistic features of the poems, pointing out not only new levels of import in particular lines, but also the ways in which the four parts of each sonnet work together to enact emotion and create dynamic effect.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Caomhghin - LibraryThing
It's undoubtedly a wonderful survey of the Sonnets. It is easy today to view poetry as some natural outgushing of emotion. Some verse is like this but you don't want to read that kind. Shakespeare was ... Read full review
THE ART OF SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETSUser Review - Kirkus
Close readings that train a brilliant spotlight on Shakespeare's poetic performance, without however quite doing justice to the full dimensions of his achievement. A celebrated and prolific critic ... Read full review