Sonnets & ‘A Lover’s Complaint,’ and ‘Various Poems’ from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare

Love, death, the muse, the tangled web of attraction, and friendship are probably the most basic subjects covered in Shakespeare's sonnets. One of the most famous ones is the one numbered 18 in this collection, staring with "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day..." Most of the time I think that's the only one … Continue reading Sonnets & ‘A Lover’s Complaint,’ and ‘Various Poems’ from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare

“Love’s Labour’s Lost” and “Love’s Labour’s Won (A Brief Account),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

As much as I wanted to read and understand the plays when I was in school--and forced to learn Shakespeare--I'm having a bit of a tough time with enjoying any of them at the moment...especially this one Love's Labour's Lost is another comedic play, but more difficult for me to get into than The Comedy … Continue reading “Love’s Labour’s Lost” and “Love’s Labour’s Won (A Brief Account),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“The Taming of the Shrew,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 I had a hard time getting through this one. I was confused a little as to the behavior of many of the characters, and finally the ending made me a little mad at first. I had to take some time to read it again, and some analyses made of the story. My … Continue reading “The Taming of the Shrew,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare