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2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, and to honour that greatest of playwrights and poets, we have compiled our own selection of ten sonnets.
Shakespeare's sonnets, first published in 1609, have been pored over with endless fascination by critics through the centuries, raided by other writers and translated into every major living language. To read them is to be immersed in beauty.
Although this pamphlet can only offer a sample (there are one hundred and fifty four sonnets altogether) each sonnet nonetheless stands alone too, full square in its fourteen lines, a small miracle.
“So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”
from Sonnet XVIII
Cover illustration by Paul Bommer
Pamphlets are supplied with an envelope for posting and a bookmark for a special message. Whether you’re choosing for a friend or for yourself, we think you’ll find you’re spoilt for choice.
“A greeting that not only gives great pleasure but illuminates our lives – like a message in a bottle” – Robert McCrum, The Observer