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  • The Penguin Book of Modern African Poetryby Gerald Moore

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 23.98

    'Poetry, always foremost of the arts in traditional Africa, has continued to compete for primacy against the newer forms of prose fiction and theatre drama.' This wonderfully comprehensive anthology of African poetry has been expanded to include ninety-nine poets from twenty-seven countries, thirty-one of whom appear for the first time. Equally wide-ranging... 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...

  • Poems and Proseby Gerard Hopkins; W. Gardner

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 14.38

    Closer to Dylan Thomas than Matthew Arnold in his 'creative violence' and insistence on the sound of poetry, Gerard Manley Hopkins was no staid, conventional Victorian. On entering the Society of Jesus at the age of twenty-four, he burnt all his poetry and 'resolved to write no more, as not belonging to my profession, unless by the wishes of my superiors'.... more...

  • Canzoniereby Petrarch

    Penguin Books Ltd 2002; US$ 17.58

    The 'Canzoniere', a sequence of sonnets and other verse forms, were written over a period of about 40 years. They describe Petrarch's intense love for Laura, whom he first met in Avignon in 1327, and her effect on him after she died in 1348. The collection is an examination of the poet's growing spiritual crisis, and also explores important contemporary... more...

  • The Faerie Queeneby Edmund Spenser; C O'Donnell; Thomas Roche

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 31.98

    The Faerie Queene was the first epic in English and one of the most influential poems in the language for later poets from Milton to Tennyson. Dedicating his work to Elizabeth I, Spenser brilliantly united medieval romance and renaissance epic to expound the glory of the Virgin Queen. The poem recounts the quests of knights including Sir Guyon, Knight... more...

  • Orlando Furiosoby Ludovico Ariosto; Barbara Reynolds

    Penguin Books Ltd 1991; US$ 28.78

    A dazzling kaleidoscope of adventures, ogres, monsters, barbaric splendor, and romance, this epic poem stands as one of the greatest works of the Italian Renaissance. more...

  • The Penguin Book of Caribbean Verse in Englishby Paula Burnett

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 27.18

    Over the last few decades Caribbean writers - performance poets, newspaper poets, singer-songwriters - have created a genuinely popular art form, a poetry heard by audiences all over the world. At the same time, even at its most literary, Caribbean poetry shares the vigour of the oral tradition. Writers like Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott, and many... 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 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 of... more...

  • The Nibelungenliedby A. Hatto

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 17.58

    Written by an unknown author in the twelfth century, this powerful tale of murder and revenge reaches back to the earliest epochs of German antiquity, transforming centuries-old legend into a masterpiece of chivalric drama. Siegfried, a great prince of the Netherlands, wins the hand of the beautiful princess Kriemhild of Burgundy, by aiding her brother... more...