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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Anthology, 25 Feb 2009
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This review is from: The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse: 1509-1659 (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
I've already gradauted with an English degree and am no longer even studying in the field.

So - somewhat strangely - I bought this book of verse to read for pleasure. Even after three years of a degree, whilst I'd covered a relatively wide range of material from the period, this book leaves no stone unturned in selecting verses from the Renaissance.

From major poets such as Shakespeare, Spenser, Marvell, Herbert and Donne etc to slightly minor figures such as Southwell, Campion, Denham and even Elizabeth I, the entire spectrum is covered. What is great about this volume is that poems are arranged by topic/theme. So all the ones about love are stuck together, religion too and 'topographical verse' etc. It makes the anthology effortless and easy to dip into, with at least a vague idea of what you're looking at; at the same time, if one were studying a certain theme or genre, then this arrangement would be even more invaluable.

Considering that I spent a similar amount on the Arden collection on Shakespeare's sonnets, to get an anthology of verse from this golden age which is so thorough and well edited for just over a tenner is remarkable. This is one book which, even if left in the cupboard for a couple of years, will continue to deliver utility and enjoyment for decades to come.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good., 16 Nov 2011
This review is from: The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse: 1509-1659 (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
I bought this for my degree course and it has been very useful indeed. The only downside to it is that if you want to look up a poem you are given a poem number, not a page number, so you have to flick through the book for some time to find it. I've noticed some cooking books are laid out in this way too but somehow the need to find a work quickly was most evident when our lecturer was attempting to do so in front of 200 students (very amusing)which resulted in him making this same complaint on it's layout. Apart from that the book is fantastic with so much jammed into it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for Uni student - quite adequate, 29 Dec 2013
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Book was not inspected thoroughly by me as it was bought for someone else. Appeared a little grubby but it will serve its purpose.
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