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  • The Mersey Soundby Adrian Henri; Brian Patten; Roger McGough

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 14.09

    'The Mersey Sound is an attempt to introduce contemporary poetry to the general reader by publishing representative work by each of three modern poets in a single volume, in each case the selection has been made to illustrate the poet's characteristics in style and form'. With this modest brief, The Mersey Sound was conceived and first published... more...

  • Selected Poetryby Samuel Coleridge; Richard Holmes

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 12.40

    Living in a revolutionary age, Coleridge's poetry was written in a spirit of moral and emotional inquiry into the absolutes of the human condition. He is best known for his visionary poetry ('Kubla Khan') and his ballads ('The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'), but he used and transformed a variety of verse forms, from the sonnet to the conversation poem,... more...

  • Poetry of the Thirtiesby Robin Skelton

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; US$ 11.27

    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...

  • The Aeneidby Virgil; David West; David West

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 12.40

    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 Satires of Horace and Persiusby Horace; Persius; Niall Rudd; Niall Rudd

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.40

    The Satires of Horace (65-8 BC), written in the troubled decade ending with the establishment of Augustus' regime, provide an amusing treatment of men's perennial enslavement to money, power, glory and sex. Epistles I, addressed to the poet's friends, deals with the problem of achieving contentment amid the complexities of urban life, while Epistles... more...

  • Selected Poems and Fragmentsby Friedrich Hölderlin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 21.14

    Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843) is now recognized as one of Europe?s supreme poets. He first found his true voice in the epigrams and odes he wrote when transfigured by his love for the wife of a rich banker. He later embarked on an extraordinarily ambitious sequence of hymns exploring cosmology and history, from mythological times to the discovery... more...

  • The Penguin Book of Japanese Verseby Geoffrey Bownas; Anthony Thwaite

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 12.40

    Poetry remains a living part of the culture of Japan today. The clichés of everyday speech are often to be traced to famous ancient poems, and the traditional forms of poetry are widely known and loved. The congenial attitude comes from a poetical history of about a millennium and a half. This classic collection of verse therefore contains poetry from... more...

  • The Homeric Hymnsby Homer; Nicholas Richardson; Jules Cashford

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 14.09

    Composed for recitation at festivals, these 33 songs were written in honour of the gods and goddesses of the ancient Greek pantheon. They recount the key episodes in the lives of the gods, and dramatise the moments when they first appear before mortals. Together they offer the most vivid picture we have of the Greek view of the relationship between... more...

  • Selected Poemsby Brian Patten

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 10.14

    A selection of Brian Patten's best work over the last forty-five years, chosen by the poet himself. The earliest of these poems, 'Sleep Now', was written when Patten was fifteen, the latest when he was sixty. Presented in rough chronological order, the selection includes a dozen new poems. more...

  • Poems and Readings for Births and Christeningsby Julia Watson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 7.88

    Traditionally the birth of a child has been marked by some form of religious 'welcoming' service and whilst many people still take this option, in our increasingly secular society, there has been a wish by many parents to celebrate the birth of their offspring with some other formal occasion. Local authorities in the UK now offer civil naming ceremonies... more...