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  • The Complete Poemsby Walt Whitman; Francis Murphy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 27.18

    In 1855 Walt Whitman published Leaves of Grass, the work which defined him as one of America's most influential voices, and which he added to throughout his life. A collection of astonishing originality and intensity, it spoke of politics, sexual emancipation and what it meant to be an American. From the joyful 'Song of Myself' and 'I Sing the Body... more...

  • Selected Poemsby Stevie Smith; Stevie Smith; James MacGibbon

    Penguin Books Ltd 2002; US$ 20.78

    Stevie Smith was one of the few modern poets to reach a wide general audience. Bizarre, witty, sad, sometimes caustic, her poems impart a zest for life, and reveal her unique eye for the marvels of the ordinary and her deep sensibility to the paradoxical nature of all human emotions. more...

  • Selected Poemsby William Yeats; Timothy Webb

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; US$ 15.98

    This selection of the works of W B Yeats, includes the final book from the unfairly neglected narrative poem 'The Wanderings of Oisin' and a number of lyrics from Yeats's work as poetic dramatist. It breaks new ground by allowing the reader to engage with a dozen poems in alternative versions; in many other cases it provides significant variants, so... more...

  • Petrarch in Englishby Thomas Roche

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 23.98

    Franceso Petrarch (1304-1374), creator of the sonnet form, remained for more than three hundred years the most influential poet in Europe, his works more widely read than even those of Dante. This collection contains English language versions of his poems from across six centuries, in a wide variety of translations and reinterpretations. Spanning... more...

  • The Divine Comedy & Paradiseby Dante Alighieri; Barbara Reynolds

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 15.98

    In Paradise, having plunged to the uttermost depths of Hell and climbed the Mount of Purgatory, Dante ascends to Heaven, continuing his soul's search for God, guided by his beloved Beatrice. As he progresses through the spheres of Paradise he grows in understanding, until he finally experiences divine love in the radiant presence of the deity. Examining... more...

  • On Love and Barleyby Matsuo Basho; Lucien Stryk

    Penguin Books Ltd 1985; US$ 12.78

    Basho, one of the greatest of Japanese poets and the master of haiku, was also a Buddhist monk and a life-long traveller. His poems combine 'karumi', or lightness of touch, with the Zen ideal of oneness with creation. Each poem evokes the natural world - the cherry blossom, the leaping frog, the summer moon or the winter snow - suggesting the smallness... more...

  • The Descent into Hellby Dante

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 7.98

    Many have made the journey. None have ever returned... Wandering through a dark forest, Dante finds himself at the gates to the underworld. Despite his terror, he dares to enter the Circles of Hell, where the damned lie in torment. As he descends deeper, he encounters wild-eyed sinners, sees the three-headed, howling hound Cerberus, and meets a... more...

  • Fastiby Ovid; Anthony Boyle; Roger Woodard; Anthony Boyle; Roger Woodard

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 20.78

    Written after he had been banished to the Black Sea city of Tomis by Emperor Augustus, the Fasti is Ovid's last major poetic work. Both a calendar of daily rituals and a witty sequence of stories recounted in a variety of styles, it weaves together tales of gods and citizens together to explore Rome's history, religious beliefs and traditions. It may... more...

  • The Odysseyby Homer; Peter Jones; Dominic Rieu

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 12.78

    The epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature. Confronted by natural and supernatural threats - shipwrecks, battles, monsters and the implacable enmityof the sea-god Poseidon - Odysseus must test his bravery and native cunning to the full if he is to... more...

  • Selected Poemsby William Wordsworth; Stephen Gill

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 12.78

    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...