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  • Chinese Rhyme-Proseby Burton Watson; Lucas Klein

    New York Review Books 2015; US$ 15.95

    The fu , or rhyme-prose, is a major poetic form in Chinese literature, most popular between the second century BCE and the sixth century CE. Unlike what is usually considered Chinese poetry, it is a hybrid of prose and rhymed verse, more expansive than the condensed lyrics, verging on what would be called Whitmanesque. The thirteen long poems... more...

  • The Chameleon Poetby Robert Fraser

    Random House 2014; US$ 22.44

    The poet George Barker was convinced that his biography could never be written. 'I've stirred the facts around too much,' he told Robert Fraser. 'It simply can't be done.' Eliot wrote of his 'genius'. Yeats thought him the most interesting poet of his generation. Dylan Thomas envied his power over women. War trapped him in Japan. In America he... more...

  • The Cambridge Introduction to Chaucerby Alastair Minnis

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 16.00

    A lively, accessible and wide-ranging introduction to the life and work of the fourteenth-century poet Geoffrey Chaucer. more...

  • Ezra Pound: Poet, Volume IIby A. David Moody

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 23.99

    This second volume of A. David Moody's full-scale portrait, covering Ezra Pound's middle years, weaves together into a single highly readable and challenging narrative, in a way that has not been done before, the illuminating story of his life, his achievement as a poet and a composer, and his one-man crusade for economic justice.There is new... more...

  • The Complete Poemsby Robert Graves

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; Not Available

    Graves described poetry as his ruling passion, and for him love was 'the main theme and origin of true poems'. He created a rich mythology where love, fear, fantasy and the supernatural play an essential role. Intimate yet universal, passionate yet precise, their brilliant alchemy of realism and magic made Graves's poems some of the finest of the last... more...

  • English Romantic Verseby David Wright; David Wright

    Penguin Books Ltd 1973; Not Available

    English Romantic poetry from its beginnings and its flowering to the first signs of its decadence. Nearly all the famous piéces de résistance will be found here - 'Intimations of Immortality' , 'The Ancient Mariner' , 'The Tyger' , excerpts from 'Don Juan' - as well as some less familiar poems. As far as possible the poets are arranged in chronological... more...

  • Annalsby Tacitus

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; Not Available

    A compelling new translation of Tacitus' Annals , one of the greatest accounts of ancient Rome, by Cynthia Damon. Tacitus' Annals recounts the major historical events from the years shortly before the death of Augustus to the death of Nero in AD 68. With clarity and vivid intensity Tacitus describes the reign of terror under the corrupt Tiberius,... more...

  • Gilgameshby David Ferry

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 13.99

    A new verse rendering of the great epic of ancient Mesopotamia, one of the oldest works in Western Literature. Ferry makes Gilgamesh available in the kind of energetic and readable translation that Robert Fitzgerald and Richard Lattimore have provided for readers in their translations of Homer and Virgil. more...

  • Beowulfby Gummere

    The Floating Press 1910; US$ 4.99

    Beowulf is the earliest surviving poem in Old English. Although the authorship is anonymous it is believed to have been written before the 10th century AD. The only extant European manuscript of the Beowulf text is placed at around 1010. The epic tells the tale of the Scandinavian hero Beowulf as he struggles against three adversaries; the monster... more...

  • Troilus and Cressidaby MobileReference

    MobileReference.com 2008; US$ 3.99

    This is an electronic edition of the complete book complemented by author biography. ************. Troilus and Criseyde (circa 1380-87) is Geoffrey Chaucer''s poem in rhyme royal (rime royale) re-telling the tragic love story of Troilus, a Trojan prince, and Criseyde. Scholarly consensus is that Chaucer completed Troilus and Criseyde by the... more...