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  • Selected Poemsby Rabindranath Tagore

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 16.91

    The poems of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) are among the most haunting and tender in Indian and in world literature, expressing a profound and passionate human yearning. His ceaselessly inventive works deal with such subjects as the interplay between God and the world, the eternal and transient, and with the paradox of an endlessly changing universe... more...

  • Petrarch in Englishby Thomas Roche

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 21.14

    Franceso Petrarch (1304-1374), creator of the sonnet form, remained for more than three hundred years the most influential poet in Europe, his works more widely read than even those of Dante. This collection contains English language versions of his poems from across six centuries, in a wide variety of translations and reinterpretations. Spanning... more...

  • The Divine Comedy & Paradiseby Dante Alighieri; Barbara Reynolds

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 14.09

    In Paradise, having plunged to the uttermost depths of Hell and climbed the Mount of Purgatory, Dante ascends to Heaven, continuing his soul's search for God, guided by his beloved Beatrice. As he progresses through the spheres of Paradise he grows in understanding, until he finally experiences divine love in the radiant presence of the deity. Examining... more...

  • Poetry of the Thirtiesby Robin Skelton

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; US$ 14.09

    Auden, Day, Lewis, Spender, MacNeice and the other key poets of the Thirties were children of the First World War, obsessed by war and by communalism, by the class-struggle and a passionate belief in poets as people whose actions are as publically important as their poems.For them, the Spanish Civil War epitomized the mood of the times, as their symbolic... more...

  • Selected Poemsby Pierre Ronsard

    Penguin Books Ltd 2002; US$ 14.09

    Ronsard is considered one of France's greatest love poets, yet his poetic achievements are not restricted to his verses of love, wine and nature. A true Renaissance figure, his themes ranged from politics, science and philsophy, to the bawdy and risqué. Using Greco-Roman and Italian poetic models, and drawing on the rich images of classical mythology,... more...

  • The Aeneidby Virgil; David West; David West

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 15.50

    Virgil's Aeneid, inspired by Homer and inspiration for Dante and Milton, is an immortal poem at the heart of Western life and culture. Virgil took as his hero Aeneas, legendary survivor of the fall of Troy and father of the Roman race, and in telling a story of dispossession and defeat, love and war, he portrayed human life in all its nobility and... more...

  • The Penguin Book Of Spanish Verseby Penguin Books Ltd

    Penguin Books Ltd 1988; US$ 23.96

    'You have dark eyes. Gleams there that promise darkness '. Spanish poetry is astonishing in its richness and variety. This anthology covers the two great flowerings of Spanish verse: the first, which lasted to the end of the seventeenth century, and second, from the mid-nineteenth century through the Spanish Civil War, to the present. This third... more...

  • The Poemsby Catullus

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 14.09

    One of the most versatile of Roman poets, Catullus wrote verse of an almost unparalleled diversity and stylistic agility, from the brevity of the epigram to the sustained elegance of the elegy. This collection contains all of Catullus' extant work and includes his lyrics to the notorious Clodia Metelli - married, seductive and corrupt - charting the... more...

  • The First Poems in Englishby Michael Alexander

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 18.32

    This selection of the earliest poems in English comprises works from an age in which verse was not written down, but recited aloud and remembered. Heroic poems celebrate courage, loyalty and strength, in excerpts from Beowulf and in The Battle of Brunanburgh, depicting King Athelstan?s defeat of his northern enemies in 937 AD, while The Wanderer and... more...

  • Canzoniereby Petrarch

    Penguin Books Ltd 2002; US$ 15.50

    The 'Canzoniere', a sequence of sonnets and other verse forms, were written over a period of about 40 years. They describe Petrarch's intense love for Laura, whom he first met in Avignon in 1327, and her effect on him after she died in 1348. The collection is an examination of the poet's growing spiritual crisis, and also explores important contemporary... more...