Shakespeare's Sonnets

From the Series First Avenue Classics ™

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Along with writing comedic and dramatic plays, William Shakespeare was also a master poet. Using the sonnet structure (three quatrains and a final couplet composed in iambic pentameter), he composed 154 poems covering timeless themes of love, beauty, and mortality. The poems’ subjects—the Fair Youth, the Dark Lady, and the Rival Poet—have become nearly as famous as the sonnets themselves. While not the first to write poems in sonnet form, Shakespeare’s sonnets are considered the most influential examples of this style. The sonnets were first published in a 1609 quarto; this is an unabridged collection of all of Shakespeare’s iconic sonnets, including Sonnet 18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”), Sonnet 116 (“Let me not to the marriage of true minds/ Admit impediments”), and Sonnet 130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”).

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Young Adult
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand First Avenue Classics ™
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™
Language English
Publication Date 2018-01-01
Text Type Poetry
BISACS POE005030, DRA010000
Dewey 821/.3
ATOS Reading Level 12.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 53877
Accelerated Reader® Points 11.0
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