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Sonnet 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st,
 So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
                                          ~ Wm Shakespeare

Comprehensive Wm Shakespeare Websites

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
This is one of the older sites on the Internet and has one or two broken links. It is included here because the presentation of the plays is clear and uncluttered. 

The Oxford Shakespeare / Edited by W. J. Craig.  Provide online by Barleby.com
The 1914 Oxford edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare ranks among the most authoritative published in the twentieth century. The 37 plays, 154 sonnets and miscellaneous verse constitute the literary cornerstone of Western civilization.

Internet Shakespeare Editions: Plays and Poems
The Internet Shakespeare Editions offers multiple ways of exploring Shakespeare’s plays and poems. We publish several versions of Shakespeare's works: searchable old-spelling transcriptions, modern editions prepared especially for the digital medium, and facsimile images of the original texts.
 

Shakesperience.com
The complete works of Shakespeare. Everything you need to know about the bard, William Shakespeare, all in one spot.

Digital Texts form the Folger Shakespeare Library
All Shakespeare's plays, meticulously accurate and available to read online or to download for non commercial purposes. Also find direct link to the plays below.  

 

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The Tragedies

Antony and Cleopatra


  Anthony and Cleopatra. Link the the Folger digital text

 


Coriolanus

   Link to the Folger digital text. 

   


Hamlet

      Hamlet. Link to the Folger digital text. 

    Hamlet with Davide Tennant and Patrick Stewart, Shakespeare Uncovered PBS/WHYY

     Hamlet. with David Tennant. Royal Shakespeare Company's 2008 Stage Production
    Produced by Great Performances on PBS.(3 hours, 4 minutes)

        


Julius Caesar

   Link to the Folger digital text. 

 


King Lear

   Link to the Folger digital text. 

   King Lear, with Ian KcKellen. Royal Shakespeare Company production, 2007. Adapted to film by Trevor Nunn
       Produced by Great Performances on PBS. (2 hours, 36.03 minutes)  


Macbeth

   Link to the Folger digital text

   MacBeth with Ethan Hawke. Shakespeare Uncovered. PBS/WHYY

   MacBeth. with Parick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood.
         Produced by Great Performances on PBS. (2hours, 41 minutes)
         A Peabody Award winning performance 

 


Othello

   Link to the Folger digital text

 


Romeo and Julietrose

  Link to the Folger digital text


Timon of Athens

   Link to the Folger digital text

 


Titus Andronicus

   Link to the Folger digital text


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The Comedies

Watch this informative film, The Comedies with Joely Richardson, Shakespeare Unvocered.  PBS /WHYY  (requires Flash)


All's Well That Ends Well

   Link to the Folger digital text


As You Like It

   Link to the Folger digital text

 


The Comedy of Errors

   Link to the Folger digital text 


Cymbeline

   Link to the Folger digital text 

 


Love's Labour’s Lost

   Link to the Folger digital text 


Measure for Measure

   Link to the Folger digital text 

 


The Merry Wives of Windsor

   Link to the Folger digital text 

 


The Merchant of Venice

   Link to the Folger digital text 

 


A Midsummer Night's Dream

   Link to the Folger digital text 

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Much Ado About Nothing

   Link to the Folger digital text 


Pericles, Prince of Tyre

   Link to the Folger digital text 

 


The Taming of the Shrew

   Link to the Folger digital text 

 


The Tempest

   The Tempest, with Trevor Nunn. Shakespeare Uncovered. PBS/WHYY


Troilus and Cressida

   Link to the Folger digital text 

 


Twelfth Night

   Link to the Folger digital text 

 


Two Gentlemen of Verona

   Link to the Folger digital text 

 


The Two Noble Kinsmen

   Link to the Folger digital text 

 


The Winter's Tale

   Link to the Folger digital text

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The Histories

Henry IV, Part I

   Link to the Folger digital text


 Henry IV, Part II

   Link to the Folger digital text




 Henry V

   Link to the Folger digital text   

   Henry IV and V with Jeremy Irons. Shakespeare Unvovered. PBS/WHYY

 


Henry VI, Part I

   Link to the Folger digital text

 


Henry VI, Part II

   Link to the Folger digital text

 


Henry VI, Part III

   Link to the Folger digital text

 


Henry VIII

   Link to the Folger digital text


King John

   Link to the Folger digital text

 


Richard II

   Link to the Folger digital text

   Richard II with Derek Jacobi. Shakekspeare Uncovered. PBS/WHYY


Richard III

   Link to the Folger digital text

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The Romances

Four plays of Shakespeare Comedies are sometimes grouped as Romances. 

 

   Pericles

   Cymbeline

   The Winter's Tale 

   The Tempest 

 

These titels are inclded in the Comedies groups of plays above.

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The Sonnets

 

There are 154 Sonnets attributed to Shakespeare.  Included below are three link to the sonnets. 

The Sonnets
From Shakesperience.com

The Sonnets
From Project Gutenberg. 



A Key To Shakespeare's Sonnets by D. Barnstorff, translated from the German by T.J. Graham. London: Trübner and Co. 1862. Available from the Internet Archive.

 

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