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Theogony and Works and Days
Hesiod, who lived in Boetia in the late eighth century BC, is one of the oldest known, and possibly the oldest of Greek poets. His Theogony contains a systematic genealogy of the gods from the beginning of the world and an account of the struggles of the Titans. In contrast, Works and Days is a compendium of moral and practical advice on husbandry, and throws unique and fascinating light on archaic Greek society., As well as offering the earliest known sources for the myths of Pandora, Prometheus and the Golden Age, Hesiod's poetry provides a valuable account of the ethics and superstitions of the society in which he lived. Unlike Homer, Hesiod writes about himself and his family, and he stands out as the first personality in European literature. This new translation, by a leading expert on the Hesiodic poems combines accuracy with readability., It is accompanied by an introduction and explanatory notes. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Beowulf: A Ladybird Expert Book
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September 1, 1939: A Biography of a Poem
This is a book about a poet, about a poem, about a city, and about a world at a point of change. More than a work of literary criticism or literary biography, it is a record of why and how we create and respond to great poetry.
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High Windows
Larkin's final collection of poems shows, as does all his best work, his ability to adapt contemporary speech rhythms and everyday vocabulary to subtle metrical patterns and poetic forms.
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Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume I: 1940-1956
Alongside a selection of photographs and Plath's own line-drawings, the editors masterfully contextualise what the pages disclose. This selection of early correspondence marks the key moments of Plath's adolescence, including childhood hobbies and high school boyfriends;
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So Brightly at the Last
A fascinating biography of the poetry of Clive James
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Somewhere Becoming Rain: Collected Writings on Philip Larkin
Renowned critic, bestselling author and award-winning poet Clive James offers an exploration and celebration of one of his favourite writers, Philip Larkin.
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PURGATORY: Dante's Divine Trilogy Part Two. Englished in Prosaic Verse by Alasdair Gray
Alasdair Gray's remarkable interpretation of Dante's La Divina Commedia continues
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Stevie Smith: A Selection: edited by Hermione Lee
This comprehensive and welcoming edition draws on the whole of Stevie Smith's output in poetry, prose and drawings from Novel on Yellow Paper (1936) to Scorpion and Other Poems (1972).
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princess saves herself in this one
the princess saves herself in this one is a collection of poetry about resilience. It is about writing your own ending.
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Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume II: 1956 - 1963
Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was one of the writers that defined the course of twentieth-century poetry. Alongside a selection of photographs and Plath's own drawings, they masterfully contextualise what the pages disclose. This later correspondence witnesses Plath and Hughes becoming major, influential contemporary writers, as it happened.
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Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes
"The poems of the Poetic Edda have waited a long time for a Modern English translation that would do them justice. Here it is at last (Odin be praised!) and well worth the wait. These amazing texts from a 13th-century Icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological and literary importance, containing the lion's share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc., Jackson Crawford's modern versions of these poems are authoritative and fluent and often very gripping. With their individual headnotes and complementary general introduction, they supply today's readers with most of what they need to know in order to understand and appreciate the beliefs, motivations, and values of the Vikings." --Dick Ringler, Professor Emeritus of English and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin--Madison
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Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense
If we follow him across land and sea - to Italy, Greece and Albania, to The Levant and Egypt and India - and to the borderlands of spirit and self, art and desire, can we see, in the end, if the nonsense makes sense?
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Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life
Motion - affectionate but undeceived about the man's frailties, a diligent researcher and a deft reader of poetry - has written an equally exemplary 'Life' of him.' Peter Conrad, Observer'Honest but not prurient, critical but also compassionate, Motion's book could not be bettered.' Alan Bennett, London Review of Books
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Poems
A leader of the twentieth-century Irish nationalist movement, who eventually became one of the Free States's senators, William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) is also the greatest poet that nation has yet produced.
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Adrian Henri: I Want Everything To Happen!
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Essential Paradise Lost
After its publication in 1667, John Milton's Paradise Lost was celebrated throughout Europe as a supreme achievement of the human spirit.
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Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell and Their Circle
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Seasons of Cullen Church
Animates the characters of his childhood in County Cork. This book confirms author's place as one of the most approachable and agile voices in contemporary Irish and British poetry.
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Divine Comedy: Purgatory
Beginning with Dante's liberation from Hell, this work relates his ascent to the Mount of Purgatory. Dante observes the sinners who are waiting for their release into Paradise, and through these encounters he is himself transformed into a better man. The second part of an epic poem, it is a Christian allegory of sin, redemption and enlightenment.
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Translation as Transhumance
A humanist meditation on the art of translation that also serves as a fascinating account of wartime danger, hospitality and human kinship.
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Odyssey
Describes the adventures of Odysseus, Greek warrior, as he strives to return to his home island of Ithaca after the Trojan War. This poem also describes his endurance, his love for his wife and son.
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Inferno
Writing his "Comedy" (the epithet "Divine" was added by later admirers) in exile from his native Florence, Dante aimed to address a world gone astray both morally and politically. It tells the story of a character who is at one and the same time both Dante himself and Everyman.
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Penguin Book of the Prose Poem: From Baudelaire to Anne Carson
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William Blake
Accompanying the first major survey of William Blake's work to be held since 2000, this book presents a comprehensive overview of his work, foregrounding his relationship with the art world of his time and telling the stories behind some of the most iconic images in the history of British art.
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Harvest Bells: New and Uncollected Poems by John Betjeman
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Conversations with Wilde: A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical Facts
Imagined by Oscar Wilde's own grandson, this fictionalised conversation presents the essential biography of the poet, playwright and gay martyr.
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Metaphysical Poetry
Includes tightly argued lyrics, erotic and libertine considerations of love, divine poems and elegies of lament by such great figures as John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell and John Milton, alongside pieces from many other less well known but equally poets of the age, such as Anne Bradstreet, Katherine Philips and Thomas Traherne.
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Aeneid
Frederick Ahl's new translation captures the excitement, poetic energy, and intellectual force of Virgil's epic poem in a way that has never been done before. Echoing the Virgilian hexameter the verse stays almost line for line with the original in a thrillingly accurate and engaging style.
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Greek Lyric Poetry: Includes Sappho, Archilochus, Anacreon, Simonides and many more
The Greek lyric, elegiac, and iambic poets of the two centuries from 650 to 450 BC - Archilochus and Alcman, Sappho and Mimnermus, Anacreon, Simonides, and the rest - produced some of the finest poetry of antiquity, perfect in form, spontaneous in expression, reflecting all the joys and anxieties of their personal lives and of the societies in which they lived. This new poetic translation by a leading expert captures the nuances of meaning and the whole spirit of this poetry as never before. It is not merely a selection but covers all the surviving poems and intelligible fragments, apart from the works of Pindar and Bacchylides, and includes a number of pieces not previously translated., The Introduction gives a brief account of the poets, and explanatory Notes on the texts will be found at the end. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Orphic Hymns
Wolkow have produced an accurate and elegant translation accompanied by rich commentary.
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Poetics
A founding text of European aestheticism and literary criticism, Poetics underpins our moden understanding of imaginative writing. Anthony Kenny's new translation is accompanied by associated material from Plato, Sir Philip Sidney, P. B. Shelley, and Dorothy L. Sayers and a wide-ranging introduction.
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52 Ways Of Looking At A Poem: or How Reading Modern Poetry Can Change Your Life
Modern poetry is often represented as difficult or remote from most people's experience. This is a passionate attempt to introduce and examine all aspects of contemporary poetry and make it a familiar part of our lives.
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Tales of Ise
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Red Years: Forbidden Poems from Inside North Korea
Authored by one of North Korea's most acclaimed dissident writers, this is the first collection of Bandi's poetry to be published in English.
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Smart Devices: 52 Poems from The Guardian 'Poem of the Week'
A wide ranging anthology of work by contemporary poets from different backgrounds, with accompanying prose commentaries, drawn from the Guardian 'Poem of the Week' blog.
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Poems of the Great War: 1914-1918
Offers an introduction to the First World War Poetry. This title features the sequence of poems that is drawn from a number of sources, mixing both well-known and less familiar poetry.
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Tale of Sinuhe
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Lost Book of the Grail: The Sevenfold Path of the Grail and the Restoration of the Faery Accord
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In Byron's Wake
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Virgil
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Epic Continent: Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe
Award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber journeys across Europe exploring Europe's epic poems, from the Odyssey to Beowulf, the Song of Roland to the Nibelungenlied, and their impact on European identity in these turbulent times.
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Fifty Fifty: Carcanet's Jubilee in Letters
Fifty Fifty celebrates fifty years of publishing by one of the UK's most distinguished and distinctive independent presses, through correspondence between 50 authors and their editor.
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Metamorphoses
In "The Metamorphoses", Ovid draws on Greek mythology, Latin folklore, and tales from Babylon and the East to create a series of narrative poems, linked by the common theme of transformation. This is Arthur Golding's 16th-century translation of the verses.
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Classical and Christian Ideas in English Renaissance Poetry
A new introduction and a fully updated bibliography make the second edition of this established text an indispensable resource for students and teachers of English poetry.
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Selected Poems: with parallel Spanish text
Lorca's poetry is steeped in the land and folklore of his native Andalusia, and he evokes a world of intense feelings. This selection balances his early poems with better-known later work to give a clear vision of his poetic development, in excellent translations and with an astute Introduction.
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Emperor's New Self: Finding Certainty
A personal revolution in relaxation and its consequences.
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Selected Poems of Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath is one of the defining voices in twentieth-century poetry. The poems are taken from Sylvia Plath's four collections Ariel, The Colossus, Crossing the Water and Winter Trees, and include many of her most celebrated works, such as 'Daddy', 'Lady Lazarus' and 'Wuthering Heights'.
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Long Recessional: The Imperial Life of Rudyard Kipling
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David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet
The first full biography of a neglected genius and one of the great Modernists, lavishly illustrated in colour throughout'I would like to have done anything as good as David Jones has done' Dylan ThomasAs a poet, visual artist and essayist, David Jones is one of the great Modernists.