Shakespeare's Sonnets, Retold: Classic Love Poems with a Modern Twist

Shakespeare's Sonnets, Retold: Classic Love Poems with a Modern Twist

An enlightening and entertaining collection of the most esteemed love poems in the English canon, retold in contemporary language everyone can understand

James Anthony has long enjoyed poetry with a strict adherence to beat, rhythm, and rhyming patterns, which he likens to the very best pop songs. This drew him to the rewarding 14-line structure of Shakespeare's sonnets, yet he often found their abstract language frustratingly unintelligible. One day, out of curiosity, he rewrote Sonnet 18--Shall I compare thee to a summer's day--line-by-line, in the strict five-beat iambic pentameter and rhyming patterns of the original, but in a contemporary language a modern reader could easily understand. The meaning and sentiment--difficult to spot, initially--came to life, revealing new intricacies in the workings of Shakespeare's heart.

And so, James embarked on a full-time, year-long project to rewrite all 154 of the Bard's eternal verses creating SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS, RETOLD. This collection of masterful reinterpretations brilliantly demystifies and breathes new life into Shakespeare's work, demonstrating the continued resonance of a playwright whose popularity remains over 400 years after his death. Now, the passion, heartbreak, deception, reconciliation, and mortality of Shakespeare's originals can be understood by all, without the need to cross reference to an enjoyment-sapping study-guide. Coming with a foreword by Stephen Fry, this is a stunning collection of beautiful love poems made new.

Title:Shakespeare's Sonnets, Retold: Classic Love Poems with a Modern Twist
Edition Language:English
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  • Joseph

    Shakespeare's Sonnets, Retold is a book that I wished for in high school. Three and a half decades later I think I will take the originals and work through the generations of English language evolutio...

  • Cristin Grenier

    I am an avid fan of Shakespeare and this book is fabulous!! I believe it should be sold as a companion to the sonnets for every student out there. I feel it really gets to the heart of who Shakespeare...

  • The Irregular Reader

    This was quite a bit of fun. I am no Shakespeare scholar, and while I love watching the Bards plays acted out, I've always found reading him to be difficult. I hadn't read more than one of his sonnets...

  • Ivy

    Retelling Shakespeare's Sonnets is a ridiculously admirable endeavor. James Anthony has made a true splash by retelling our beloved Shakespeare's sonnets. Students and those interested in understandin...

  • Rachel Svendsen

    This was a lovely side by side comparison of Shakespeare’s sonnets to a modern version of each sonnet. Sometimes I did not quite agree with the authors interpretation, but on the whole found the rea...

  • Judi

    I enjoy Shakespeare... and really enjoyed James Anthony's retelling of all the sonnets. Modern language and concepts blended beautifully with the original sentiments penned over 400 years ago... ...

  • Tabby Shiflett

    A fun coffee table book that you can pick up and read in multiple segments or all in one go. Great for students and Shakespeare aficionados.Penguin First to Read Galley...

  • Suziey

    *Thank you First to Read for providing an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.*This book does what it sets out to do. The poems are all in modern-day language mak...