William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Retold
  • Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Retold

  • William Shakespeare

    'James Anthony has done something I would have confidently stated to be impossible. He has "translated" Shakespeare’s sonnets and he has done so with an insolent, loveable charm … A dazzling success’ – Stephen Fry

    Rediscover the greatest love poetry ever written

    Shall I compare you to a summer’s day?
    You’re more delightful, always shining strong;
    High winds blow hard on flowering buds in May,
    And summer never seems to last that long


    Shakespeare’s sonnets are some of the nation’s favourite lines of verse, but the Elizabethan language can make it difficult to really understand them. Many guides offer to clarify the meaning, but lose the magic of the words by explaining them away.

    James Anthony has done something boldly different.

    He has rewritten the whole series of poems as sonnets using modern language, while retaining the rhythm and rhyme patterns that gives them such power. In doing so he breathes new life into the original poems and opens them up for a modern readership, demystifying Shakespeare’s eternal poetry with provocative new translations and delightful new lines.

    Presented as an attractive book with the original sonnets facing their new translations, this is a stunning collection of beautiful love poems, made new.

William Shakespeare (Author) William Shakespeare was born in 1564, the son of a glove-maker from Stratford-upon-Avon, and spent much of his adult life in London. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. Shakespeare’s poetry first appeared in 1593, dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothesley, the 3rd Earl of Southampton. It is unknown when he wrote each sonnet, but the collection was first published in 1609. He died in 1616, aged 52. James Anthony (Author) James Anthony was born in 1970, the son of an engineer from Peterborough, and has spent much of his adult life in London. He cut his teeth building cars for Ford Motor Company in Dagenham. This is James’s first published work of poetry. James Anthony is still seeking an aristocratic patron.