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Paperback 768 pp.
3 halftones, 129 mm x 196 mm



Publication date:
May 2008

Imprint: OUP UK

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The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Sonnets and Poems

William Shakespeare
Edited by Colin Burrow

Series : Oxford World's Classics

The Oxford Shakespeare
General Editor Stanley Wells
The Oxford Shakespeare offers authoritative texts from leading scholars in editions designed to interpret and illuminate the works for modern readers

- a new, modern-spelling text, collated and edited from all existing printings
- on-page and facing-page commentary and notes explain language and allusions
- detailed introductions consider the sonnets' biographical and literary background, how the poems relate to the plays, dating and textual matters, and the mysteries of 'Mr W. H.' and the 'Dark Lady'
- includes poems attributed to Shakespeare in the seventeenth century
- full index to introductions and commentary
- durable sewn binding for lasting use

'not simply a better text but a new conception of Shakespeare. This is a major achievement of twentieth-century scholarship.' Times Literary Supplement

Readership : students and readers of Shakespeare, Elizabethan poetry, the sonnet, English Literature


  • `'it was a brilliant idea to produce the narrative poems and sonnets as a single edition....[Burrow's] book-length introduction [is] the best study there is of Shakespeare as a poet.'

    'if the bookshelf had room for only one edition of Shakespeare's poems, Burrow's would be the
    Stephen Orgel, London Review of Books
  • `'it is a superb edition, beautifully conceived, learned, intelligent, generous, judicious; but most impressive in the way it locates Shakespeare's poems in relation to each other and to his career.'
    Stephen Orgel
  • `'lucid, acute, to the point, and often amusing . . . a distinguished addition to a distinguished series.''
    Henry Woudhuysen, Times Literary Supplement
  • `'Colin Burrow's good sense, tact and balance as an editor are deeply impressive.''
    Henry Woudhuysen, Times Literary Supplement
  • `the best edition of these (mostly) cracking poems'
    Evening Standard

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet and playwright widely regarded as the greatest writer of the English language, as well as one of the greatest in Western literature, and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.

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