The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets by Helen VendlerISBN10: 0674637127
Author: Helen Vendler
Title: The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets
Publisher: Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (November 1, 1999)
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Subcategory: History & Criticism
The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets by Helen Vendler
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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. The commentaries--presented alongside the original and modernized texts--offer fresh perspectives on the individual poems, and, taken together, provide a full picture of Shakespeare's techniques as a working poet. With the help of Vendler's acute eye, we gain an appreciation of "Shakespeare's elated variety of invention, his ironic capacity, his astonishing refinement of technique, and, above all, the reach of his skeptical imaginative intent."