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  • Selected Poems: Keatsby John Keats

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 14.38

    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...

  • Paradise Lostby John Milton; John Leonard

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 14.38

    In Paradise Lost Milton produced poem of epic scale, conjuring up a vast, awe-inspiring cosmos and ranging across huge tracts of space and time. And yet, in putting a charismatic Satan and naked Adam and Eve at the centre of this story, he also created an intensely human tragedy on the Fall of Man. Written when Milton was in his fifties - blind, bitterly... more...

  • Defying Gravityby Roger McGough

    Penguin Books Ltd 1993; US$ 14.38

    In this evocative and personal collection of poems Roger McGough comes to terms with painful memories as well as confronting fears that are universal. Here he remembers his father in ?Squaring Up? and ?Alphabet Soup?; observes the eccentricities of contemporary life in ?The City of London Tour?; gives insights into human feeling with the surreal ?Your... more...

  • The Penguin Book of Hebrew Verseby T. Carmi

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 27.18

    This stunning anthology gathers together the riches of poetry in Hebrew from 'The Song of Deborah' to contemporary Israeli writings. Verse written up to the tenth century show the development of piyut, or liturgical poetry, and retell episodes from the Bible and exalt the glory of God. Medieval works introduce secular ideas in love poems, wine songs... more...

  • Selected Poemsby Rabindranath Tagore

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 19.18

    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...

  • Selected Poemsby Pierre Ronsard

    Penguin Books Ltd 2002; US$ 15.98

    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 Mersey Soundby Adrian Henri; Brian Patten; Roger McGough

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 15.98

    '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$ 17.58

    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...

  • The Penguin Book Of Spanish Verseby Penguin Books Ltd

    Penguin Books Ltd 1988; US$ 27.18

    '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...

  • Poetry of the Thirtiesby Robin Skelton

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; US$ 15.98

    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...