Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-499-2
# of Pages: 355
# of Volumes: 1
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e-ISBN: 978-1-61925-500-5
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Critical Survey of Shakespeare's Sonnets

The Editors at Salem Press
July 2014

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.

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
  • Body vs. Soul

Written by leading experts in the field, these essays will bring new dimension to the study of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. 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.

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