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The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare's Poetry by Jonathan (Distinguished Professor of English at UCLA) Post

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare's Poetry

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The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare's Poetry by Jonathan (Distinguished Professor of English at UCLA) Post

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare's Poetry contains thirty-eight original essays written by leading Shakespeareans around the world. Collectively, these essays seek to return readers to a revivified understanding of Shakespeare's verbal artistry in both the poems and the drama. The volume understands poetry to be not just a formal category designating a particular literary genre but to be inclusive of the dramatic verse as well, and of Shakespeare's influence as a poet on later generations of writers in English and beyond. Focusing on a broad set of interpretive concerns, the volume tackles general matters of Shakespeare's style, earlier and later; questions of influence from classical, continental, and native sources; the importance of words, line, and rhyme to meaning; the significance of songs and ballads in the drama; the place of gender in the verse, including the relationship of Shakespeare's poetry to the visual arts; the different values attached to speaking 'Shakespeare' in the theatre; and the adaptation of Shakespearean verse (as distinct from performance) into other periods and languages. The largest section, with ten essays, is devoted to the poems themselves: the Sonnets, plus 'A Lover's Complaint', the narrative poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece, and 'The Phoenix and the Turtle'. If the volume as a whole urges a renewed involvement in the complex matter of Shakespeare's poetry, it does so, as the individual essays testify, by way of responding to critical trends and discoveries made during the last three decades.


One of the most striking features of The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare's Poetry, a wonderfully rich collection, in thirty-eight chapters, is the evident passiona of the contributors. * Times Literary Supplement *

About the Author

Jonathan F. S. Post is Distinguished Professor of English at UCLA and the founding director of the UCLA Summer Shakespeare Program in Stratford and London. He is the author of a number of critical studies with a special focus on poetry of the early modern and modern periods-most recently English Lyric Poetry: The Early Seventeenth Century (1999), and Green Thoughts, Green Shades: Contemporary Poets on the Early Modern Lyric (2002). He is currently writing a critical study of Anthony Hecht's poetry for Oxford University Press. He has been a Fellow of the Folger Shakespeare Library, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and twice a Fellow of the Bogliasco Foundation. He chaired the UCLA English Department from 1989-1993.

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Publication date

2nd June 2016


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Oxford University Press


784 pages


Literary studies: poetry & poets
Shakespeare studies & criticism
Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800



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