An Introduction to Shakespeare’s Poems

  • Peter Hyland

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  13. Back Matter
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About this book


An Introduction to Shakespeare's Poems provides a lively and informed examination of Shakespeare's non-dramatic poetry: the narrative poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece; the Sonnets; and various minor poems, including some only recently attributed to Shakespeare. Peter Hyland locates Shakespeare as a sceptical voice within the turbulent social context in which Elizabethan professional poets had to work, and relates his poems to the tastes, values and political pressures of his time. Hyland also explores how Shakespeare's poetry can be of interest to twenty-first century readers.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Hyland
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  1. 1.OntarioCanada

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