WEFOUNDThe Sonnets of William Shakespeare (Wisehouse Classics Edition)


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All the sonnets are provided here, with descriptive commentary attached to each one, giving explanations of difficult and unfamiliar words and phrases, and with a full analysis of any special problems of interpretation which arise. Sonnets by other Elizabethan poets are also included, Spenser, Sidney, Drayton and a few other minor authors. The poems of Sir Thomas Wyatt are also given, with both old and modern spelling versions, and with brief notes provided. Check the menu on the left for full details of what is available.

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Other scholars lump the Greek Sonnets with the Dark Lady Sonnets and call out a different cluster (Nos. 78 to 86) as the Rival Poet Sonnets. This approach treats the subjects of the sonnets as characters and invites ongoing questions among scholars about the degree to which the sonnets may or may not have been autobiographical.

Although it's generally accepted that Shakespeare wrote the sonnets, historians question certain aspects of how the sonnets came to print. In 1609, Thomas Thorpe published  Shakes-Peares Sonnets ; the book, however, contains a dedication by "T.T." (presumably Thorpe) that confounds scholars as to the identity of whom the book was dedicated, and whether the "Mr. W.H." in the dedication may be the muse for the Fair Youth Sonnets.

The dedication in Thorpe's book, if it had been written by the publisher, may imply that Shakespeare himself did not authorize their publication. If this theory is true, it's possible that the 154 sonnets we know today don't constitute the totality of Shakespeare's work.

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All the sonnets are provided here, with descriptive commentary attached to each one, giving explanations of difficult and unfamiliar words and phrases, and with a full analysis of any special problems of interpretation which arise. Sonnets by other Elizabethan poets are also included, Spenser, Sidney, Drayton and a few other minor authors. The poems of Sir Thomas Wyatt are also given, with both old and modern spelling versions, and with brief notes provided. Check the menu on the left for full details of what is available.

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