- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 Mar. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571278736
- ISBN-13: 978-0571278732
- Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.3 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
101 Sonnets Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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101 Sonnets is a collection of classic sonnets introduced by Don Paterson, one of Britain's foremost contemporary poets.
About the Author
Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963. He is the author of Nil Nil (1993), God's Gift to Women (1997) - winner of both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize - and Landing Light (2003), which won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Poetry. Rain, his most recent collection, won the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2009, the same year that he was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Find out more about Don Paterson at www.donpaterson.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
The sonnets themselves are prefaced by a nicely sized preamble in which Paterson eulogises about the form. In seventeen swift pages he summarises the sonnet’s main structural points: the length, the metre, the turn, and the differing rhyme-schemes developed in English.
The selection itself covers sonnets written in early English (translation of key-words provided) through to modern ones published in the 1990’s. I think Seamus Heaney’s ’98 sonnet, The Skylight, may be the most recent. Everyone will have their own favourites, mine was Wallace Steven’ The Poem that Took the Place of a Mountain, which surprised me given how I remember feeling pretty stumped when looking through a copy of Harmonium.
Anyway, for a book that works as both an accessible route into sonnets and also a hundred and one different poets, £7.50 makes for a bargain. In fact, I reckon you could buy two and send the other to someone you like. They’ll love it.
I regret buying it.
Firstly - I am enjoying Don's Shakespeare Sonnets Book immensely. It is just BRILLIANT. And has led me on to buy Stephen Booth (Great Stuff!) and Helen Vendler (Wow - hard work, but rewarding)
Secondly thanks to Eileen's wonderful Review! I was not disappointed. It is a real Treasure. Thanks, Eileen!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
needed it for my course at university. I need to find the time to study the sonnets. Not keen on cover. Seems a bit cheap looking and feel..Published on 23 Jan. 2014 by Shirley Asquith
As well as a wonderful variety of sonnets, this anthology includes Don Paterson's excellent introduction to the form, and his notes on each poem.Published on 21 Feb. 2013 by karen59
just the introduction is worth buying the book for - a masterclass in sonnet writing; followed by an eclectic collection of sonnets and near-sonnets through the ages. Fabulous. Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2010 by Nadia Kingsley
I was seduced into buying this delicious little book by Eileen Shaw's review - she helpfully gives a full example of one of the probably less well known sonnets, and then (in... Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2010 by Lady Fancifull