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Title : poems of william shakespeare the passionate pilgrim the phoenix and the turtle the rape of lucrec
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  • Phil
    2019-03-25 20:19

    The two long narrative poems, Venus & Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece, form part of my reading of Shakespeare's works in (estimated) chronological order of writing.In 1592, plague (and possibly political machinations using plague as a convenient excuse to subdue free speech) led to the closure of London's theatres for almost two years. At the time, this was terrible news for Shakespeare who, with his Henry VI trilogy and Richard III had just had a series of great successes and must have been itching to get on with whatever was next planned, but all this was replaced with either expulsion to the provinces or enforced leisure.That Shakespeare was making other writers uncomfortable and more than a touch jealous is clear from Robert Greene's peevish "Groats-Worth of Witte" in which he complains about uneducated, non-university educated actor players who have the audacity to - good grief, the cheek - *write*!"for there is an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tygers hart wrapt in a Players hyde, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blanke verse as the best of you: and beeing an absolute Johannes fac totum, is in his owne conceit the onely Shake-scene in a countrey."The reference to "tygers hart wrapt in a players hyde" is a direct misquote of the line from Henry VI about Margaret D'Anjou, "a tiger's heart wrapped in a woman's hide". So - it's clear that Shakespeare was not only famous, he was ruffling many authors' feathers who didn't consider him U enough to enter their esteemed society (a snobbishness that continues to this day among those who insist that Shakespeare didn't exist, but was actually a nobleman's (some even bizarrely believe it was Queen Elizabeth herself) pseudonym.However ... the enforced break turned out for posterity to be of huge value, because Shakespeare used to time to hone his art, especially his poetry, and his ability to put great ideas and thoughts into brief beautifully-turned words. When he returned to plays his obsession with seneca-style revenge tragedy had gone and he blossomed into the full-flowering of his middle-period, and thanks for this can largely be put towards the time, thought and energy put into these poems.So, on to the poems themselves. I must say that before I read these I'd never read any of Shakespeare's poetry beyond a selection of the Sonnets (which will come later in this project). In 1593 and 1594 these two poems were published, dedicated to the Earl of Southampton who appears to have patronised the writer and they were an enormous success. Venus and Adonis was the first work to appear on bookstands with William Shakespeare's name emblazoned on the title-page and it went through 7 editions in the next fews years - an enormous popularity when you take into account the low-level of literacy, lack of leisure time to dedicate to reading outside the upper and merchant classes and high expense of buying a printed book compared with going to the theatre. So one could say that up until the mid-1590s Shakespeare was much better known as "the writer of Venus and Adonis" than he was as a writer of plays.The two poems deal with similar subjects - that of unreciprocated lust - but they are treated in drastically different ways. Venus and Adonis is an comic-erotic poem in which Venus falls head over heels for a prudish, inexperienced boy who is interested only in hunting and finds girls a boring distraction leading him down the primrose path to sin. Venus uses all her metaphysical reasoning (reminscent of Donne's poems like The Flea) to persuade him to love her, physically and emotionally, but despite her strength (she plucks him from his horse and carries him to a grassy bank) the closest she comes to ravishing him is when she falls to the floor in a swoon at his rude chiding and passionately kisses him as he tries to revive her with the kiss of life. The poem, with its erotic language and titilating description was a big hit with young courtiers who all had a copy hidden in their breast to read to their loves or late at night alone, makes a change towards the end though and when Adonis is gored to death by a wild boar (metaphorically raped) Venus' grief is real and never mocked and hugely moving.The Rape of Lucrece is completely different. Whereas the idea of the goddess of Love ravishing a young man can be treated with levity, the forceful gagging and rape of Lucrece by the Roman king's son Tarquin cannot possibly be treated in the same manner. This poem is an extended grave analysis of the psychological trauma caused by rape - the self-loathing, guilt, self-blame, the irrational and unfounded reasoning by the victim that it was their fault that they somehow brought it on themselves, the idea that everyone can read what's happened on their face. It's all here in the poem, all expressed with a formal and (already) archaic rhyme scheme of ABABBCC.Echoes of these poems are either heard in earlier plays (the reference to unreleased love / lust being like a stoppered oven that will explode reminds you of the lines "Sorrow concealed, like an oven stopp'd, Doth burn the heart to cinders where it is." in Titus Andronicus - and the guilty, lustful, sinful walk of Tarquin towards Lucrece's bedroom is directly referenced in not only Macbeth, but also Cymbeline and Julius Ceasar.Ultimately, I was surprised by these poems. They're a touch formal for modern tastes, but I don't believe that their importance within the development of Shakespeare's art can be overstated.

  • Jason
    2019-04-15 03:17

    Venus & AdonisStunningly beautiful, lusciously sumptuous. Bees buzz for delicious wildflowers, golden strands of honey spun like Venus' silken hair. A thoroughbred stallion paws at the dirt, muscles rippling from shoulder to back, a character so rich as to rival the God and Goddess. The contrast of light and shadow on Adonis' face is evocative of the small moments that pass in a day, of the tragedy that his simple hubris, youths' indifference to time, will bring. That tragedy is transformed before us as magic and a beautiful myth is preserved like a summer day from our youth, trapped between amber imagining and her lost love.

  • Laura
    2019-04-11 21:18

    I read Venus and Adonis last night, and it's now my absolute favorite Poem. It's simply Brilliant. Even though I've been a fan of Shakspeares for about ever, he really out did himself on this one. It was just so freaking INTENSE!

  • Antonella
    2019-04-06 00:11

    Siempre es un placer leer a Shakespeare sobre todo en su idioma original.

  • Richard
    2019-03-23 22:15

    The diversity of poems in this collection, some of them rather more alien to the modern reader than Shakespeare's plays or sonnets, makes rating this book difficult. The Passionate Pilgrim is a very uneven miscellany, only some of the contents of which are by Shakespeare. The metaphysical allegory of The Phoenix and the Turtle is intriguing, but difficult to penetrate, as is the narrative of A Lover's Complaint; the editor's suggestion that this poem may be unfinished seems very plausible. John Roe's comprehensive and academic introduction tackles many of the complexities, but does not really succeed in making the poems themselves more accessible, and I found that although this edition provides copious notes, it fails to gloss several lines that I would like to have had explained.The two longer and better-known narrative poems are much more appealing than the lesser works. Although the close of its narrative seems rather perfunctory, The Rape of Lucrece - which, as Jonathan Bate points out in Shakespeare and Ovid, is dominated by a tragic heroine who "gets to speak more lines than any other female persona in any other individual work of Shakespeare" - contains some stunning moments, especially in Lucrece's railing against Time, Night, and Opportunity, and in the description of the destruction of Troy. Some knowledge of the Elizabethan formal rhetoric of pathos is probably necessary for a full appreciation of the poem, and something similar could be said for Venus and Adonis, but its sensual exuberance and lively mix of comedy and tragedy make this poem hard to resist. Watching the beautiful but bashful and pouting Adonis do his best to fight off the arguments and less-subtle physical advances of the smitten, love-sick Venus, whose face "doth reek and smoke" with the uncontrollable fury of lust, is very amusing, but also asks a question: Where would our sympathies lie should the female and male roles of seducer and object of love/lust be reversed, as indeed they usually are in more familiar narrative and lyrical convention?

  • Lydia
    2019-03-23 19:19

    To be more definative, this is not a bad selection of poems, but the material is rather harsh, especially for being about love, as two of the poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece deal with passion that is not love though often given that title. This is something that I have always liked about Shakespeare's writting, though he deals with the unsavory side of humanity, when he is writting about lust and passion he doesn't claim it is real love. He shows it for what it is, selfishness. In that way, these poems on love are really good, because every single time the character in the wrong makes a plea for their lust being love, another character will always call them out on the lie with a great reply; one of my favorites being Adonis' below."'Love comforteth like sunshine after rain,But Lust's effect is tempest after sun;Love's gentle spring doth always fresh remain,Lust's winter comes ere summer half be done; Love surfeits not, Lust like a glutton dies; Love is all truth, Lust full of forged lies.'"Content notes: no language issues, save that some words may be un-intelligable to the non-Shakespearian reader (and to avid Shakespeare readers, but by now we know to look them up or figure from context). Sensuality issues are rampant. Venus attempts to rape Adonis, Lucrece is raped under duress and all the other poems hint at sexual relations before marriage. On top of that is the usual Shakespearian double speak where words can be taken at face value or as bawdy undertones. Violence-wise, Adonis dies by a wild boar and Lucrece commits suicide to escape from her shame. Neither of these is graphic in the normal sense, but Shakespeare does love having blood "speak" so it is very prevelant. Other notes, female readers may have issues with imagery of women being the eviler sex as some of the later poems hint, but keep in mind the speaker is supposed to be a dissatisfied lover and is rather annoyed with his lady. On a personal note, having completed these poems, I have now read all Shakespeare atributed materials that can be found by the general public! Yes, I do feel rather accomplished!

  • Jess
    2019-03-25 01:27

    This delightful little book was purchased at the Shakespeare & co. bookshop!Anyway, this is by a group called "Everyman's Library Pocket poets" (they do other title books such as Blake, Byron, Coleridge, Rossetti etc!). It contains most of Shakespeare's sonnets, extracts from longer poems, songs from the plays and soliloquies from plays also. This is such a cute little book to own, with it's own gold ribbon bookmark to complete its look. The content is easy to read and very enjoyable if you like Shakespeare and perhaps want to not read whole plays, just viewing famous extracts and some of Shakespeare's other praised works like his poems.

  • Dayna
    2019-04-08 03:21

    Many of the sonnets are worthy of a 5, and some get a 2. Hard to rate this one. I wasn't crazy about the long poems, "Venus and Adonis," and "The Rape of Lucrece," although Tarquinus trying to reason himself out of raping Lucrece is pretty fascinating: "What win I, if I gain the thing I seek?/ A dream, a breath, a froth of fleeting joy./ Who buys a minute's mirth to wail a week?/ Or sells eternity to get a toy?" Beautiful.

  • Eduard
    2019-04-08 19:17

    To read as part of "The Oxford Shakespeare, Histories"Works to be reviewed: A Song, Verses upon the Stanley Tomb at Tong, Written upon the west end thereof, On Ben Jonson, An Epitaph on Elias James, An extemporary epitaph on John Combe, a noted usurer, Another Epitaph on John Combe, Upon the King, Epitaph on Himself

  • Niky
    2019-04-19 00:24

    Read 'The Phoenix and the Turtle' on 8-08-2010I can say that it's about a phoenix and a turtle dove and about love. I'm not so good in interpret poems; I find it hard enough in Dutch so English is obviously even harder for me. So I don't know my opion about this poems. I'll probably re-read it.

  • Andrew Wright
    2019-03-25 23:03

    He's the only writer I fear.

  • Mary
    2019-04-02 00:21

    I must admit I didn't read all of these. Just Rape of Lucrece for class. Interesting though. Amazingly, I've never read any of Bill's longer poems before.

  • Rachel (Sfogs)
    2019-03-26 20:33

    Good poems!

  • Amara Thornton
    2019-04-01 19:33

    some of shakespeare's non-sonnet poems. excellent.

  • Clouphas Lebotse
    2019-04-12 20:08

    this books are interesting please help me to open for reading at the moment I can't open and read

  • Emma
    2019-04-15 19:16

    I can't review my favorite piece of literature of all time, so there.

  • Stephanie Fournier
    2019-04-18 22:09

    A refreshing change from Shakespeare's plays. Beautiful prose in the form of poetry.

  • John W.
    2019-03-30 23:27

    Venus and Adonis and the Rape of Lucrece give a very different picture of Shakespeare than his plays. In many ways more traditional than his plays but works that should not be overlooked.

  • Nairy
    2019-04-15 22:14

    didn't read this book specifically, but read most of his poetry and sonnets... i like his works alot.