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  • The Penguin Book Of Spanish Verseby none

    Penguin Books Ltd 1988; Not Available

    '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... more...

  • Selected Poemsby William Wordsworth

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; Not Available

    One of the major poets of Romanticism, Wordsworth epitomized the spirit of his age with his celebration of the natural world and the spontanous expression of feeling. This volume contains a rich selection from the most creative phase of his life, including extracts from his masterpiece, The Prelude, and the best-loved of his shorter poems such as... more...

  • Eugene Oneginby Alexander Pushkin; Stanley Mitchell

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; Not Available

    Eugene Onegin is the master work of the poet whom Russians regard as the fountainhead of their literature. Set in 1820s Russia, Pushkin's verse novel follows the fates of three men and three women. Engaging, full of suspense, and varied in tone, it contains a large cast of characters and offers the reader many literary, philosophical, and autobiographical... more...

  • Imagist Poetryby Peter Jones

    Penguin Books Ltd 2001; Not Available

    Imagism was a brief, complex yet influential poetic movement of the early 1900s, a time of reaction against late nineteenth-century poetry which Ezra Pound, one of the key imagist poets, described as ?a doughy mess of third-hand Keats, Wordsworth ? half-melted, lumpy?. In contrast, imagist poetry, although riddled with conflicting definitions, was... more...

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

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; Not Available

    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...

  • The Homeric Hymnsby Homer; Nicholas Richardson; Jules Cashford

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; Not Available

    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...

  • The Epic of Gilgameshby N. Sandars

    Penguin Books Ltd 1973; Not Available

    Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, and his companion Enkidu are the only heroes to have survived from the ancient literature of Babylon, immortalized in this epic poem that dates back to the 3rd millennium BC. Together they journey to the Spring of Youth, defeat the Bull of Heaven and slay the monster Humbaba. When Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh's grief and fear of... more...

  • Selected Poems: Blakeby William Blake

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; Not Available

    Writer and religious rebel, William Blake ((1757-1827) sowed the seeds for Romanticism in his innovative poems concerning faith and the visions that inspired him throughout his life. Whether describing his own spirituality, the innocence of youth or the corruption caused by mankind, his writings depict a world in which spirits dominate and the mind... more...

  • Selected Poems: Tennysonby Alfred Lord Tennyson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; Not Available

    Tennyson's poetry epitomizes the Victorian age, for which he became a spokesman. His finest poems are often steeped in a sensuous melancholy, as in Maud , or are chivaric, heroic and allegorical, as in The Lady of Shalot and Morte d'Arthur. more...

  • Selected Poems: Keatsby John Keats

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; Not Available

    Over the course of his short life, John Keats (1795-1821) honed a raw talent into a brilliant poetic maturity. By the end of his brief career, he had written poems of such beauty, imagination and generosity of spirit, that he had - unwittingly - fulfilled his wish that he should ?be among the English poets after my death?. This wide-ranging selection... more...