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  • The Essential Homerby Homer; Stanley Lombardo; Sheila Murnaghan

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2009; US$ 14.50

    Selections from both Iliad and Odyssey , made with an eye for those episodes that figure most prominently in the study of mythology. more...

  • Poeticsby Anthony Kenny

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 8.99

    What is poetry, how many kinds of it are there, and what are their specific effects?'Aristotle's Poetics is the most influential book on poetry ever written. A founding text of European aesthetics and literary criticism, from it stems much of our modern understanding of the creation and impact of imaginative writing, including poetry, drama,... more...

  • The Bhagavad Gitaby George Thompson

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008; US$ 12.99

    A fresh, new prose translation of the classic Indian poem, ideally focused for students and teachers and for yoga teacher training  The Bhagavad Gita , a small section of the massive Sanskrit epic the Mahabharata , is one of the central texts of Indian culture and philosophy, and one of the great works of world literature. It has been translated... more...

  • Beowulfby Gummere

    The Floating Press 1910; US$ 4.99

    Beowulf is the earliest surviving poem in Old English. Although the authorship is anonymous it is believed to have been written before the 10th century AD. The only extant European manuscript of the Beowulf text is placed at around 1010. The epic tells the tale of the Scandinavian hero Beowulf as he struggles against three adversaries; the monster... more...

  • Poeticsby Aristotle

    Penguin Books Ltd 1996; Not Available

    A penetrating account of Greek tragedy, it demonstrates how the elements of plot, character and spectacle combine to produce 'pity and fear' - and why we derive pleasure from this apparently painful process. It introduces the crucial concepts of mimesis ('imitation'), hamartia ('error') and katharsis, which have informed serious thinking about drama... more...

  • The Bardby Robert Crawford

    Random House 2011; US$ 21.66

    No writer is more charismatic than Robert Burns and no biographer has captured his energy, brilliance and radicalism as well as Robert Crawford does in The Bard . To his international admirers Burns was a genius, a hero, a warm-hearted friend; yet to the mother of one of his lovers he was a wastrel, to a fellow poet he was 'sprung...from raking... more...

  • The Complete Poemsby William Blake

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; Not Available

    One of the great English Romantic poets, William Blake (1757-1827) was an artist, poet, mystic and visionary. His work ranges from the deceptively simple and lyrical Songs of Innocence and their counterpoint Experience - which juxtapose poems such as 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger', and 'The Blossom' and 'The Sick Rose' - to highly elaborate, apocalyptic... more...

  • Gilgameshby Derrek Hines

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 11.00

    In his thrillingly contemporary retelling of the world?s oldest epic, award-winning poet Derrek Hines brings us as close as we may ever come to re-creating the power it had over its original listeners more than four thousand years ago in the ancient Near East. Gilgamesh, the semi-divine ruler of Uruk, is a larger-than-life bully and abuser of his... more...

  • The Aeneidby Virgil; Robert Fitzgerald

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 13.00

    Virgil's great epic transforms the Homeric tradition into a triumphal statement of the Roman civilizing mission. Translated by Robert Fitzgerald. more...

  • Poems and Translationsby Robin Flower

    The Lilliput Press 2012; US$ 10.19

    First published in 1931, Robin Flower's enchanting lyric poetry combines with his translations from the old, medieval and modern periods of Irish literature. 'Mr Flower's poetry has loveliness and spontaneity. Though, as his sonnets prove, he can respond to the spell of rich lines and moulded thought, his whole bent is lyrical and individual. Beauty... more...