The Complete Sonnets and Poems

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Literary Collections - 750 pages
Despite the power of Shakespeare's poems, and their foundational place within his oeuvre, modern readers have seldom been encouraged to engage with his non-dramatic works as a whole. This new edition explains how this state of affairs has arisen, and why it needs to be changed. It contains the complete Sonnets and poems with a full commentary. An extensive and lively introduction explores Shakespeare's poetic development, and shows how the poems relate to each other and to his dramatic works. Each work is freshly interpreted, making full use of the latest research. The volume also explores what the poems may have meant to their earliest readers, and, for this reason, it includes poems attributed to Shakespeare in the seventeenth century, as well as those printed under his name in The Passionate Pilgrim in 1599.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Venus and Adonis
6
Dedication
10
Literary Milieu
15
Lucrece
40
The Argument Sources and Politics
45
Reading in Lucrece
55
Rape and Consent
66
The Poem and its Context
140
Poems Attributed to Shakespeare in the Seventeenth Century
146
Shall I die?
148
A Funeral Elegy
152
Editorial Procedures
159
Abbreviations and References
160
VENUS AND ADONIS
171
LUCRECE
237

The Passionate Pilgrim
74
Let the bird of loudest lay
82
Shakespeares Sonnets
91
Dedication
98
Date and Sequence
103
Sources
111
Reading the Sonnets
118
A Lovers Complaint
138
THE PASSIONATE PILGRIM
339
LET THE BIRD OF LOUDEST LAY
371
SHAKESPEARES SONNETS
379
A LOVERS COMPLAINT
693
Poems Attributed to Shakespeare in the Seventeenth Century
719
Index
729
Index of First Lines
748
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Colin Burrow is a University Senior Lecturer and a Fellow and Tutor of Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge.