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  • The Epic of Gilgameshby N. Sandars

    Penguin Books Ltd 1973; US$ 15.28

    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; US$ 18.68

    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: Donneby John Donne

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 15.28

    Regarded by many as the greatest of the Metaphysical poets, John Donne (1572-1631) was also among the most intriguing figures of the Elizabethan age. A sensualist who composed erotic and playful love poetry in his youth, he was raised a Catholic but later became one of the most admired Protestant preachers of his time. The Selected Poems reflects this... more...

  • An Introduction to English Poetryby James Fenton

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 16.98

    James Fenton's An Introduction to English Poetry offers a master class for both the reader and writer of poetry. Simply and elegantly written and discussing the work of poets as wide ranging as W. H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, Tennyson, Kipling, Milton and Blake, it covers all varieties of poetic practice in English. 'It is hard to imagine a beginner... more...

  • The Penguin Book Of Spanish Verseby none

    Penguin Books Ltd 1988; US$ 35.68

    '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 D. H. Lawrence; James Fenton

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 15.28

    From early, rhyming work in Love Poems and Others (1913) to the groundbreaking exploration of free verse in Birds, Beast and Flowers (1923), the poems of D.H Lawrence challenged convention and inspired later poets. This voloume includes extensive selections from these and other editions, and contains some of his most famous poems, such as 'Piano',... more...

  • The Penguin Book of English Verseby P J Keegan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 34.00

    This ambitious and revelatory collection turns the traditional chronology of anthologies on its head, listing poems according to their first individual appearance in the language rather than by poet. more...

  • Imagist Poetryby Peter Jones

    Penguin Books Ltd 2001; US$ 18.68

    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...

  • Lyrical Balladsby Samuel Coleridge; William Wordsworth

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 15.28

    Published in 1798, Lyrical Ballads is a dazzling collaboration containing twenty-three poems by close friends, William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) - two major figures of English Romanticism. The volume heralded a new approach to poetry and expresses the poets' reflections on mankind's relationship with the forces... more...

  • The Penguin Book of Romantic Poetryby Jonathan Wordsworth

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 28.88

    The Romanticism that emerged after the American and French revolutions of 1776 and 1789 represented a new flowering of the imagination and the spirit, and a celebration of the soul of humanity with its capacity for love. This extraordinary collection sets the acknowledged genius of poems such as Blake's 'Tyger', Coleridge's 'Khubla Khan' and Shelley's... more...