Kenneth J. Larsen’s Essays on Shakespeare’s Sonnets provides a comprehensive analysis and commentary to each of Shakespeare’s sonnets, always with fresh insight and original research. Included also are introductory paragraphs on the structure of Shakespeare’s sequence, a section on the identity of “Mr. W.H.,” to whom Shakespeare’s sonnets are dedicated, and a description of the printing and distribution of the sonnets’ original 1609 quarto.

Larsen is a Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, where he was earlier Chair of its Department of English. He has published on a range of Early Modern poets, including editing the standard edition of Edmund Spenser’s Amoretti and Epithalamion.

Click here to begin with the Introduction, or choose a sonnet on the right.

Also available is a PDF full text.

In memory of another “Mr. W. H.,” my “onlie begetter.”