Critical Survey of Shakespeare's Sonnets

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1 Volume
326 Pages
40 Essays
40 sidebars
12 maps
Time Line
Subject Index
Guide to Online Resources
Chronological Index
Cultural/Geographical Index
General Subject and Name Index

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July 2014 · 1 volume · 300 pages

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ISBN: 978-1-61925-499-2
# of Pages: 300
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Critical Survey of Shakespeare's Sonnets
Offers new critical analysis of 25 of Shakespeare’s most popular sonnets, with an in-depth examination of each sonnet’s historical significance, literary technique and contemporary alignment.

Critical Survey of Shakespeare’s Sonnets offers a collection of new essays on the Sonnets written by William Shakespeare, the most famous English playwright of all time. A basic part of the literature curriculum, Shakespeare’s works-still being introduced to students, from high school through college, four centuries after their composition-have never lost their popularity.

Each essay in The Critical Survey of Shakespeare’s Sonnets is devoted to a single sonnet and provides an in-depth critical analysis of the sonnet’s historical significance, literary technique and discusses its meaning to a contemporary audience.

The themes put forward in Shakespeare’s Sonnets, written over 400 years ago, still hold value, meaning and significance to today’s audience. Some of the themes discussed in these Sonnets include: beauty, eternity, time’s destructiveness, sexuality, gender, love, depression, sorrow, memory, alienation, grieving, love as slavery, seasons and age, time, absence, love as strength, eternal youth, fidelity, true love, lust, truth, and body vs. soul. 

Written by leading experts in the field, these essays will bring new dimension to the study of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, at both the high school and undergraduate level.

This new analysis of the significance and literary impact of Shakespeare’s Sonnets is a must-have resource for high school and undergraduate literature departments and will be a useful resource for public libraries who wish to support their literature collection.