Collection Title Commentary
A Midsummer Night's Dream (excerpts) Read more
All's Well that Ends Well (excerpts) Read more
Astrophel and Stella Read more
Hamlet (excerpts) Read more
Macbeth (excerpts) Read more
Modern Love Read more
Richard II (excerpts) Read more
Romeo and Juliet (excerpts) Read more
Shakespeare's Sonnets

In 1598 Francis Meres praised “mellifluous & hony-tongued” Shakespeare for his Ovidian poetry, Venus and Adonis, Lucrece, and “his sugred Sonnets among his private friends” (Palladis Tamia. Wits Treasury, fols. 281v-82r). Some of these poems, like Sonnet 145 (thought to describe Shakespeare’s wife Anne Hathaway), were likely printed by Thomas Thorpe in his quarto of 1609, Shake-speares Sonnets. Neuer before Imprinted, but editors and critics have plausibly dated the composition of most of the sonnets to the following decade.

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Sonnets from the Portuguese Read more