Shakespeare's Poems: Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece and the Shorter Poems
- Author: William Shakespeare
- Editor: Katherine Duncan-Jones
- Editor: H. R. Woudhuysen
- Publisher: Arden Shakespeare
- Published: September 2007
- ISBN-10: 1903436877
- ISBN-13: 9781903436875
- Format: Paperback
- Copyright: 2007
- Subject: POETRY / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Our Price: $13.95
In 1593 Shakespeare awoke and found himself famous. Lines from his comic, erotic, tragic poem Venus and Adonis were on everyoneÂ's 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 ShakespeareÂ's versatility and to his poetic fame. Some, like the much-debated Â'Phoenix and TurtleÂ', 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.
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