The Longer Poems

The Longer Poems

by William Shakespeare

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/02/2019

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Although we know him best as a playwright, Shakespeare was also a poet, living as he did in an age when the writing of verse enhanced an author's literary reputation as well as his social standing.

It's thought that he turned to poetry early in his career, from 1592-94, while London's playhouses were closed during an outbreak of plague. This collection contains four of the Bard's longer poems, consisting of meditations on the themes of sex, guilt, and death.

The first of the narrative poems, "Venus and Adonis," portrays the romance between the goddess of love and her handsome swain. Its success led to the publication of "The Rape of Lucrece," which also draws upon ancient Roman legends to recount a darker episode of dishonor and suicide.

"A Lover's Complaint" voices the plight of a seduced and abandoned woman, and "The Phoenix and the Turtle" offers an allegory concerning the death of ideal love.

ISBN:
9780486827667
9780486827667
Category:
Poetry by individual poets
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-02-2019
Publisher:
Dover Publications Inc.
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
128
Dimensions (mm):
203x127mm
Weight:
0.23kg
William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in 1564. The date of his birth is unknown but is celebrated on 23 April, which happens to be St George's Day, and the day in 1616 on which Shakespeare died.

Aged eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. They had three children. Around 1585 William joined an acting troupe on tour in Stratford from London, and thereafter spent much of his life in the capital. By 1595 he had written five of his history plays, six comedies and his first tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. In all, he wrote thirty-seven plays and much poetry, and earned enormous fame in his own lifetime in prelude to his immortality.

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