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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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Initial post: 5 Sep 2010 12:34:55 BDT
Wowsers! Just imagine, even after taking an actual English degree and reading and stuff for three whole years, still wanting to buy poetry. Especially for its 'utility'.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2011 14:07:24 BDT
JLR says:
Ooh, sarcasm! Do you do irony, too?
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