Shakespeare's Poems Third Series

ISBN-10: 1903436877
ISBN-13: 9781903436875
Edition: 3rd 2007 (Revised)
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Description: In 1593 Shakespeare awoke and found himself famous. Lines from his comic, erotic, tragic poem Venus and Adonis were on everyones lips.The appearance in 1594 of the darkly reflective and richly descriptive Rape of Lucrece confirmed his fame as 'Sweet  More...

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List price: $13.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication date: 9/28/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 616
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

In 1593 Shakespeare awoke and found himself famous. Lines from his comic, erotic, tragic poem Venus and Adonis were on everyones lips.The appearance in 1594 of the darkly reflective and richly descriptive Rape of Lucrece confirmed his fame as 'Sweet Master Shakespeare', Elizabethan England's most brilliant non-dramatic poet. Shorter poems in this volume testify further to Shakespeares versatility and to his poetic fame. Some, like the much-debated Phoenix and Turtle, pose problems of meaning; others raise questions about authorship and authenticity. Detailed annotation and a full Introduction seek to resolve such difficulties while also locating Shakespeare's poems in their literary context, which includes his own career as a playwright.

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

List of illustrations
Preliminaries
Literary history: Sweet Shakespeare
Venus and Adonis and Lucrece
1593-4: Idle hours well spent
Political context: Southampton, Clapham, Burghley
Protagonists: visible and audible women
Literary sources: boy and man
Social context: plague and pleasure
Afterlife of Venus and Adonis and Lucrece
1598-9: The Passionate Pilgrim
'The Phoenix and Turtle'
1601: Love's Martyr
Shakespeare and the Welsh
John Salusbury, literary patron
1601: Salusbury's difficulties
'The best and chiefest of our moderne writers'
The Phoenix riddle
Conclusion: "Tis brief my lord'
The Narrative and Other Poems
Narrative poems
Venus and Adonis
The Rape of Lucrece
Other poems
The Passionate Pilgrim
Verses in Love's Martyr ['The Phoenix and Turtle']
Poems and inscriptions with contemporary or early attributions to Shakespeare
AT 1: [A song, 'Shall I die?']
AT 2: [Upon a pair of gloves]
AT 3: [Verses on the Stanley tomb at Tong]
AT 3: [West end]
AT 3: [East end]
AT 4: [On Ben Jonson]
AT 5: [Inscription for Shakespeare's coat of arms]
AT 6: [An epitaph on Elias James]
AT 7: [An epitaph on John Combe (I)]
AT 8: [An epitaph on John Combe (II)]
AT 9: [Upon the King]
AT 10: [Rutland impresa: lost motto]
AT 11: [An epitaph upon himself]
Poems with modern attributions to Shakespeare
MAT 1: [The Lucy ballad]
MAT 2: [The Skipwith verses]
MAT 3: [The Stanford poem]
MAT 4: A Funeral Elegy
MAT 5: Tom O'Bedlam's song to K. James'
Appendices
The texts
Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece
Venus and Adonis
The Rape of Lucrece
The Passionate Pilgrim
Verses in Love's Martyr
Attributed poems
This edition
Later editions
Sources for the narrative poems
Sources for Venus and Adonis
The story of Venus and Adonis
The story of Hermaphroditus and Salmacis
Sources for The Rape of Lucrece
Livy
Ovid
Facsimile of 'Poetical Essays'
Abbreviations and references
Abbreviations used in notes
Works by and partly by Shakespeare
Manuscripts and inscriptions collated
Early editions of Shakespeare and other Authors collated
Editions of Shakespeare collated
Other works cited
Manuscripts
Printed books and articles
Index
Index of first lines

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