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

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 17.58

    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; US$ 15.98

    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 Poems: Blakeby William Blake

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 17.58

    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...

  • An Introduction to English Poetryby James Fenton

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 15.98

    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$ 33.58

    '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...

  • The Earliest English Poemsby none; Michael Alexander

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 9.58

    Anglo-Saxon poetry was produced between 700 and 1000 AD for an audience that delighted in technical accomplishment, and the durable works of Old English verse spring from the source of the English language. Michael Alexander has translated the best of the Old English poetry into modern English and into a verse form that retains the qualities... more...

  • Selected Poemsby Fernando Pessoa

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; US$ 19.18

    The writing of Fernando Pessoa reveals a mind shaken by intense inner suffering. In these poems he adopted four separate personae: Alberto Caeiro, Alvaro de Campos, Ricardo Reis and himself, using them to express 'great swarms of thought and feeling'. While each personae has its own poetic identity, together they convey a sense of ambivalence and... more...

  • Imagist Poetryby Peter Jones

    Penguin Books Ltd 2001; US$ 17.58

    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...

  • Selected Poemsby D. H. Lawrence; James Fenton

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 14.38

    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$ 32.00

    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...