Phillis Levin Various
- Title: The Penguin Book of the Sonnet
- Author: Phillis Levin Various
- ISBN: 9780140589290
- Page: 170
- Format: Paperback
A unique anthology celebrating that most vigorous of literary forms the sonnetThe sonnet is one of the oldest and most enduring literary forms of the post classical world, a meeting place of image and voice, passion and reason, elegy and ode It is a form that both challenges and liberates the poet.For this anthology, poet and scholar Phillis Levin has gathered thanA unique anthology celebrating that most vigorous of literary forms the sonnetThe sonnet is one of the oldest and most enduring literary forms of the post classical world, a meeting place of image and voice, passion and reason, elegy and ode It is a form that both challenges and liberates the poet.For this anthology, poet and scholar Phillis Levin has gathered than 600 sonnets to tell the full story of the sonnet tradition in the English language She begins with its Italian origins takes the reader through its multifaceted development from the Elizabethan era to the Romantic and Victorian demonstrates its popularity as a vehicle of protest among writers of the Harlem Renaissance and poets who served in the First World War and explores its revival among modern and contemporary poets In her vibrant introduction, Levin traces this history, discussing characteristic structures and shifting themes and providing illuminating readings of individual sonnets She includes an appendix on structure, biographical notes, and valuable explanatory notes and indexes And, through her narrative and wide ranging selection of sonnets and sonnet sequences, she portrays not only the evolution of the form over half a millennium but also its dynamic possibilities.
Recent Comments "The Penguin Book of the Sonnet"
I saw Phillis Levin present at a panel on the sonnet. Was impressed and tracked down the book. Her essay/intro is valuable and the selection (huge) trustworthy. Henry Cole and Hopkins are my favorites.
This book is an anthology that celebrates that most vigorous of literary forms, the Sonnet. The earliest sonnets record the unceasing conflict between the law of reason and the law of love, the need to solve a problem that cannot be resolved by an act of will, yet finds its fulfillment, if not its solution, only in the poem. Thematically and structurally this tension plays itself out in the relationship between a fixed formal pattern and the endless flow of feeling. The poet experiences the illu [...]
This is a great introduction to the form. I assigned it as the main textbook in a Sonnet Writing Workshop class I taught, and I know I made the right choice. There's a superb and comprehensive introduction that really clarifies the history and customs of the form. There are also some very useful appendices that illustrate some of the more familiar, and less familiar, sonnet types (i.e English, Italian, French, curtal, and more). There's an equally useful glossary of terms. Best of all is the ant [...]
It's springtime; therefore, Sonnets!
I would have preferred something with better notes.
WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK*flails*
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