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Sonnets Audiobook
Sonnets
Written by: 
William Shakespeare
Narrated by: 
Sir John Gielgud
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Sonnets Audiobook

Sonnets

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Publisher's Summary

Here are 154 poems performed by by the wonderful Sir John Gielgud in this Shakepseare collection of the Sonnets.

Shakespeare's sonnets deal with such themes as the passage of time, love, beauty, and mortality. All but two of the poems were first published in a 1609 quarto entitled Shake-Speares Sonnets: Never before imprinted. Sonnets 138 and 144 had previously been published in a 1599 miscellany entitled The Passionate Pilgrim. The quarto ends with "A Lover's Complaint", a narrative poem of 47 seven-line stanzas written in rhyme royal.

The first 17 sonnets, traditionally called the procreation sonnets, are ostensibly written to a young man, urging him to marry and have children in order to immortalise his beauty by passing it to the next generation. Other sonnets express the speaker's love for a young man; brood upon loneliness, death, and the transience of life; seem to criticise the young man for preferring a rival poet; express ambiguous feelings for the speaker's mistress; and pun on the poet's name. The final two sonnets are allegorical treatments of Greek epigrams referring to the "little Love-god" Cupid.

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    Discerning Customer 112 06-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Clear, rhythmical, beautiful"

    Gave me the desire, means, and ability to learn some favorite Sonnets by heart. Specially recommended to those who might in themselves behold that time of year when yellow leaves, or none. or few, do hang upon those boughs which shake against the cold.

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    J. Roche Olympic Peninsula, WA 04-29-15
    J. Roche Olympic Peninsula, WA 04-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "The best reading of the sonnets"

    Articulate, sympathetic, with a deft, deep understanding of the poetry and line. Simply the most accomplished reading of Shakespeare's sonnets I've heard.

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  • C. M. H. Millar
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    5/18/14
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    "Audible don't bfreak it into individual Sonnets!"
    What disappointed you about Sonnets?

    I cannot select a particular Sonnet! Its all one continous reading!

    Useless! I want my moey back!


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    Please refund my money. this is a ripoff!!

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