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  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Arden Shakespeare; Third edition (28 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903436877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903436875
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Katherine Duncan-Jones is both one of the world's greatest experts on Shakespeare's life and work and also a writer of tremendous insight and empathy. This is a superb edition of Shakespeare's poems.
-- William Boyd

Quite the most insightful, thorough and authoritative account of Shakespeare's great narrative poems that you could imagine. -- Gregory Doran

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An exciting addition to Everyman's Library: a new series of small, handsome hardcover volumes devoted to the world's classic poets. Our books have twice as many pages as Bloomsbury Classics' 128pp and cost 7. 99 against Bloomsbury's 9. 99. The binding, paper and production is visibly superior in every way to that of Bloomsbury. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jon Chambers TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Nov. 2008
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In the opinion of the two editors of this volume (Katherine Duncan-Jones and HR Woudhuysen) Shakespeare's narrative poems are 'the most neglected items in the Shakespeare canon'. Ironically, it was as poet rather than dramatist that Shakespeare made his name, and both 'Venus and Adonis' and 'The Rape of Lucrece' were immediate 'hits' with Elizabethan readers. As advocates of the poems, the editors of this 3rd edition Arden hope to attract a new generation of enthusiastic readers. (The previous editor, HT Prince was, by contrast, one of their many detractors.) The expectation here, moreover, is that these new readers will make up their own minds about the arguments being presented, rather than, simply, being passive recipients of scholarly wisdom - a laudably democratic ideal characteristic of Arden3.

But what of the arguments? The poems are presented as works which offer things that the plays either cannot or do not: a more comprehensive anatomising of inner mental states and a stronger affinity with the visual arts. However, the Introduction's attempt to link Shakespeare with Renaissance painting - even going as far as to suggest that he had an acquaintance with art theory - lacks concrete evidence. Assertions like 'He could ... have seen an example of an Italian painted battle scene in a nobleman's house', seem over-speculative, an impression that is reinforced by the next sentence: 'Such access is not implausible.' Not implausible, perhaps, but not entirely convincing, either.

One of the real strengths of Duncan-Jones' previous Arden edition (Shakespeare's Sonnets, 1997) was its richly insightful analysis of the sequence. Its section on numerological significance was, I thought, profound and persuasive.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2007
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In some respects I think it'd be rather presumptuous of me to attempt to review Shakespeare. Someone so well known and influential wouldn't benefit from my opinions on their work, plus there are more scholarly and concise reviews out there. But I can comment on these Arden versions. Of all the Shakespeare I've read I've always found the Arden copies to be well laid out and to have excellent commentary and notes on the text. They really add to your understanding of Shakespeares outstanding plays and introduce you to the depth in his work. They have superb paper quality and are bound well, withstanding repeated readings and intensive study. For your collection of Shakespeare you can't do much better than Arden publications, some are quite hard to get hold of but it's worth the effort.

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By Rianba on 19 Feb. 2015
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Very quick, great quality. Only problem being that it was previously at at library so I keep setting my uni alarms off!
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Cozy format, missing sonnets 4 Jun. 2011
By Radclyffe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an overall lovely compilation of Shakespeare's non-dramatic works. It's the perfect size to throw in a purse, or keep on a nightstand. The format and font are comfortable and inviting, although the sonnets are not identified by number in any way.

I do want to point out one short-fall, however. I have committed many sonnets to memory before owning this particular book and was looking one up to double-check I line I couldn't quite remember when I realized this one was missing. After a thorough sonnet-by-sonnet checking I discovered that this edition has left out 19 of the 154 sonnets. To be exact, the missing sonnets are numbers 16, 24, 25, 31, 37, 42,45,59, 80, 108, 122, 125, 134, 136, 139, 143, 148, 150, and 154.

I appreciate the inclusion of the narrative poems and some songs, but buyer beware that you will not have a complete collection of the sonnets.
Excellent 31 May 2013
By Barklestork - Published on Amazon.com
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This Arden Shakespeare book contains the two major narrative poems and the few shorter poems. The introductory essay is a major contribution. It shines a bright light on the poems, their context and history. The essay shows how these poems have been relatively neglected by Shakespeare studies, why they should not be, and the essay demonstrates what fertile ground the poems offer to those who read and consider them.

It is a pleasure to follow the authors as they take on the "riddle" of the extremely unusual and remarkable poem "The Phoenix and the Turtle".

The essay is super-brilliant. It considers what's been said in the past, as well as the latest ideas, and makes some discoveries of its own. The style gets a bit academic at times, but it's very sharp.

The poems themselves are astonishing, to read them is an opportunity to experience Shakespeare as he writes almost novelistically -- immersing a solitary reader.
Five Stars 16 Sept. 2014
By ellen urbon - Published on Amazon.com
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great research and fabulous text...arden wins again...
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Shakespeare's Poetry 3 May 2001
By Ronald Sheikh - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is fantastic! You get Venus and Adonis (erotic love poem), Rape of Lucrece (roman rape poem), Lover's Complaint (about the dangers of Love), Phoenix and the Turtle (symbolic of Love and Faith), and of course 154 lovely SONNETS.
David Bevington's introductions are short and informative; the footnotes are there for guidance and do not interfere with the text. A wonderful text. Buy it and take it to the beach.
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