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A Choice of Shakespeare's Verse Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Shakespeare, William (Author), Hughes, Ted (Compiler)

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ISBN: 1435282159     ISBN-13: 9781435282155
Publisher: Follettbound
OUR PRICE: $22.50  

Binding Type: Prebind - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2008
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Annotation: A selection of Shakespeare's poems, sonnets, songs, and dramatic speeches, along with the author's accompanying essay and commentary, shows how Shakespeare's language unites in its substance the full range of Elizabethan preoccupations, philosophical and social.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Poetry | English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Dewey: 821/.3
LCCN: 2007012933
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 1.00000" H x 5.75000" W x 8.50000" (.76000 lbs) 216 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):
Ted Hughes (1930–98) produced more than forty books of poetry, prose, drama, translation, and children’s literature, including, in his last decade, Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being, Tales from Ovid, and Birthday Letters.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)
Admired since the 1950s for the primal force of his own verse, former British poet laureate Hughes (1930-1998) also won praise in his home country for numerous projects of editing, literary criticism and translation, among them this enlightening selection (first published in 1971) of favorite passages from the Bard's sonnets, narrative poems, and (especially) his plays. Familiar and unfamiliar sonnets ("Not marble, nor the gilded monuments/ Of princes shall outlive this powerful rhyme") mingle with great speeches and lengthy passages, famous and not-so-famous, taken from most of the plays: "Once more into the breach, dear friends" (Henry V), "the great image of authority: a dog's obey'd in office" (King Lear) and over a hundred more. The reissue preserves both Hughes' brief 1991 introduction and his far more substantial "Note" (which follows the main text): more argument than simple explanation, this superb afterward is Hughes at his critical best, showing how Shakespeare's "common language of the highest and the lowest" set forth a "profoundly articulated, esoteric, spiritual vision." (Hughes pursued such ideas at far greater length in his Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being.) Destined for substantial sales as a gift, this compact volume might also inspire readers who already know some of Shakespeare's plays quite well to look at the rest with new eyes and ears. (Sept.)

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 October)

Adult/High School –Hughes (1930-1998) notes that while countless anthologies and collections have made available Shakespeare's sonnets and songs, few if any have focused on lines from the plays that can stand alone as complete poems. Only a poet of Hughes's stature could put together such an informed and engaging selection of Shakespeare's verse. Rejecting the reluctance of past anthologists, he breaks "into the sacred precincts of his drama'' and starts "looting portable chunks." He mixes these dramatic passages with many of the strongest sonnets, arranging them thematically and structurally, creating a sequence of verse that adds new insight to the Shakespeare canon, and new pleasure for readers. This is a unique way of approaching and appreciating Shakespeare. In addition to the 218 "poems," this volume, available in the U.S. for the first time, includes a brief introduction (written in 1991), an index of first lines, and a lengthy (38 pages) "Note" (undated). This note is a brilliant analysis of Shakespeare's solution to the problem of writing to two audiences: the highly educated, language-loving royalty, and the illiterate, action-loving groundlings. Hughes's essay, unfortunately, will likely prove too advanced for average teens, but the bulk of the book, the poems, is sure to please readers who have any appreciation of the plays and sonnets.–Robert Saunderson, Berkeley Public Library, CA

[Page 188]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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