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By Homer, Adam Nicolson, W. H. Rouse, Deborah Steiner. 1937
One of the supreme masterpieces of world literature, the Homeric saga of the shipwrecks, wanderings, and homecoming of the master… tactician Odysseus encompasses a virtual inventory of the themes and attitudes that have shaped Western culture. The tale of Odysseus's encounters with such obstacles as Calypso, Circe, Scylla and Charybdis, the Sirens, and the lotus-eaters, and his dramatic return to Ithaca and his patient wife, Penelope, forms a prototype for all subsequent Western epics.Robert Fitzgerald's much-acclaimed translation, fully possessing as it does the body and spirit of the original, has helped to assure the continuing vitality of Europe's most influential work of poetry. This edition includes twenty-five new line drawings by Barnaby Fitzgerald.(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)
By Vladimir Nabokov, Brian Boyd, Aleksandr Pushkin. 2018
When Vladimir Nabokov's translation of Pushkin’s masterpiece Eugene Onegin was first published in 1964, it ignited a storm of controversy… that famously resulted in the demise of Nabokov’s friendship with critic Edmund Wilson. While Wilson derided it as a disappointment in the New York Review of Books, other critics hailed the translation and accompanying commentary as Nabokov’s highest achievement. Nabokov himself strove to render a literal translation that captured "the exact contextual meaning of the original," arguing that, "only this is true translation." Nabokov’s Eugene Onegin remains the most famous and frequently cited English-language version of the most celebrated poem in Russian literature, a translation that reflects a lifelong admiration of Pushkin on the part of one of the twentieth century’s most brilliant writers. Now with a new foreword by Nabokov biographer Brian Boyd, this edition brings a classic work of enduring literary interest to a new generation of readers.
By Philip Smith. 1992
Superb treasury of time-honored poetic gems includes Lewis Carroll's "The Walrus and the Carpenter," Edward Lear's "The Owl and the… Pussy-Cat," Eugene Field's "Wynken, Blynken and Nod," Emily Dickinson's "I'm Nobody! Who are you?," Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Swing," many more. Printed in large, easy-to-read type. Includes 2 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative: "The Owl and the Pussycat" and "Who Has Seen the Wind?"
By Edgar Poe, J Kennedy. 2006
A fully revised collection of Poe s work The first new edition of this landmark anthology since 1945 presents… a more complicated perverse and culturally engaged Poe Along with the author s familiar masterworks in poetry and fiction this new Portable Poe includes satirical tales that reflect his critique of American culture
By Dante Alighieri, Mark Musa. 1995
Dante Alighieri paved the way for modern literature, while creating verse and prose that remain unparalleled for formal elegance, intellectual… depth, and emotional grandeur. The Portable Dante contains complete verse translations of Dante's two masterworks, The Divine Comedy and La Vita Nuova, as well as a bibliography, notes, and an introduction by eminent scholar and translator Mark Musa.
By Stephen Mitchell. 2004
The hero is 16 feet tall. He is the king of Uruk, in the Iraq of about 2750 BCE, and… he is a despot, running afoul of even the gods. The man who is his soul mate, lover and spouse is Enkidu, who was once wild and naked but was tamed by the erotic ministrations of a temple priestess. When their preemptive strike on a monster of evil results in the death of Enkidu, Gilgamesh's desperate mourning and search for a way to avoid a similar fate leads him to understand, at the end of the world, that the best ...
My love shall in my verse ever live young William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare s sonnets are… among the best-known poems in the English language and the verses continue to touch the hearts of readers today In Shakespeare s Sonnets and Other Poems readers will find all 154 of the Bard s sonnets along with his other poetic creations Venus and Adonis Lucrece A Lover s Complaint Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music and The Phoenix and Turtle With a flexibound cover that features foil stamping and a clean modern look this collection of poems is a beautiful addition to the shelf of any reader
By Dante Alighieri, Paul Gustave Dore. 2013
Inferno Purgatorio and Paradiso -- the three fates of the deceased become the three pillars of an epic… poem The Divine Comedy written by Italian poet Dante Alighieri in the fourteenth century is considered the foremost work in Italian literature The journey begins with Dante s descent into the depths of Hell where he witnesses those eternally separated from God Then he climbs the mountain of Purgatory where Christian souls undergo final purification before finally touring the celestial circles of Heaven where he is filled with the image of God An allegorical work the comedy is representative of the soul s journey towards God Influential for seven centuries this classic is a must have for lovers of great literature and the luxurious leather-bound edition from Canterbury Classics will make a stunning addition to any library
Alexander Pope’s beautiful verse translation of the Ancient Greek epic of the Trojan War. One of the oldest surviving works… in Western literature, Homer’s epic poem has captivated readers for millennia. Set at the end of the Greeks’ decade-long siege of Troy, it centers on a quarrel between the Greek King Agamemnon and his greatest asset in battle, the warrior Achilles. From this conflict between two great men, The Iliad weaves a tale of warring nations, vengeful gods, plagues, betrayals, and the terrible consequences of prideful rage. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices. “Many consider [Pope’s translation] the greatest English Iliad. . . . It manages to convey not only the stateliness and grandeur of Homer’s lines, but their speed and wit and vividness.” —The New Yorker “Pope worked miracles. . . ,This is a poem you can live your way into, over the years, since it yields more at every encounter.” —TheNew York Times
By William Shakespeare. 2010
This tale of star-crossed lovers and the families determined to keep them apart of one of Shakespeare's most well-known and… beloved plays. One part romance, one part tragedy, it features some of Shakespeare's most inventive language and delightful characters. Romeo + Juliet has proven one of the most enduring and important romances ever written, influencing plays, films, and novels all the way up to present-day favourites like Twilight and The Fault in Our Stars. This premium ebook is perfect for both fans looking for a digital copy and new readers looking to fall in love with this classic. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.
By Homer, W. H. Rouse, Seth L. Schein, Adam Nicholson. 1938
This translation of The Iliad equals Fitzgerald's earlier Odyssey in power and imagination. It recreates the original action as conceived… by Homer, using fresh and flexible blank verse that is both lyrical and dramatic.
By Homer, Caroline Alexander. 2015
With her virtuoso translation, classicist and bestselling author Caroline Alexander brings to life Homer's timeless epic of the Trojan WarComposed… around 730 B.C., Homer's Iliad recounts the events of a few momentous weeks in the protracted ten-year war between the invading Achaeans, or Greeks, and the Trojans in their besieged city of Ilion. From the explosive confrontation between Achilles, the greatest warrior at Troy, and Agamemnon, the inept leader of the Greeks, through to its tragic conclusion, The Iliad explores the abiding, blighting facts of war.Soldier and civilian, victor and vanquished, hero and coward, men, women, young, old--The Iliad evokes in poignant, searing detail the fate of every life ravaged by the Trojan War. And, as told by Homer, this ancient tale of a particular Bronze Age conflict becomes a sublime and sweeping evocation of the destruction of war throughout the ages.Carved close to the original Greek, acclaimed classicist Caroline Alexander's new translation is swift and lean, with the driving cadence of its source--a translation epic in scale and yet devastating in its precision and power.
By John Gardner, Fritz Kredel. 2011
The adventures and challenges of Sir Gawain, King Arthur’s nephew and a knight at the Round Table, including his duel… with the mysterious Green Knight, are among the oldest and best known of Arthurian stories. Here the distinguished author and poet John Gardner has captured the humor, elegance, and richness of the original Middle English in flowing modern verse translations of this literary masterpiece. Besides the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this edition includes two allegorical poems, “Purity” and “Patience”; the beautiful dream allegory “Pearl”; and the miracle story “Saint Erkenwald,” all attributed to the same anonymous poet, a contemporary of Chaucer and an artist of the first rank. “Mr. Gardner has translated into modern English and edited a text of these five poems that could hardly be improved. . . . The entire work is preceded by a very fine and complete general introduction and a critical commentary on each poem.”—Library Journal
By Homer, Caroline Alexander. 2015
With her virtuoso translation, classicist and bestselling author Caroline Alexander brings to life Homer’s timeless epic of the Trojan WarComposed… around 730 B.C., Homer’s Iliad recounts the events of a few momentous weeks in the protracted ten-year war between the invading Achaeans, or Greeks, and the Trojans in their besieged city of Ilion. From the explosive confrontation between Achilles, the greatest warrior at Troy, and Agamemnon, the inept leader of the Greeks, through to its tragic conclusion, The Iliad explores the abiding, blighting facts of war.Soldier and civilian, victor and vanquished, hero and coward, men, women, young, old—The Iliad evokes in poignant, searing detail the fate of every life ravaged by the Trojan War. And, as told by Homer, this ancient tale of a particular Bronze Age conflict becomes a sublime and sweeping evocation of the destruction of war throughout the ages.Carved close to the original Greek, acclaimed classicist Caroline Alexander’s new translation is swift and lean, with the driving cadence of its source—a translation epic in scale and yet devastating in its precision and power.
By Kurt Wiese, Walter R. Brooks. 1953
The weather, all animals (with special emphasis on the peculiar attributes of pigs), joy and sorrow, the utility of facial… features, and a world of other subjects are poetically worked over by the world's most distinguished pig-of-letters, Freddy--the Bard of Bean Farm. Whether he's happy or sad Freddy is ever the poet, and his verse--both heavy and light--has created an international fuss among the less gifted pigs and poets. And if Freddy's poetry seems a bit hammy in spots, well . . .
By David Ferry Virgil. 2017
In 2012, David Ferry capped a long career as a poet with a National Book Award, given in honor of… his book Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations. But he had no interest in resting on his laurels. In fact, he was in the middle of the most ambitious poetic project of his life. Six years earlier, at age eighty-two, he had embarked on a complete translation of one of the foundational works of Western culture: Virgil’s Aeneid. Now we have it, and it is a glorious thing. Ferry has long been known as perhaps the foremost contemporary translator of Latin poetry, his translations of Virgil’s Eclogues and Georgics having established themselves as much-admired standards. He brings to the Aeneid the same genius, rendering Virgil’s formal, metrical lines into an English that is familiar and alive. Yet in doing so, he surrenders none of the feel of the ancient world that resonates throughout the poem and gives it the power that has drawn readers to it for centuries. In Ferry’s hands, the Aeneid becomes once more a lively, dramatic poem of daring and adventure, of love and loss, devotion and death. Never before have Virgil’s twin gifts of poetic language and fleet storytelling been presented so powerfully for English-language readers. Ferry’s Aeneid will be a landmark, a gift to longtime lovers of Virgil and the perfect entry point for new readers. “I sing of arms and the man . . . ” The epic journey, from the fall of Troy to the founding of Rome, is ready to begin. Join us.
By Dante Alighieri. 1959
Dante's Divine Comedy relates the allegorical tale of the poet's journey through the three realms of the dead. Accompanied through… the Inferno and Purgatory by Virgil--author of the Roman epic the Aeniad--Dante encounters mythical, historical, and contemporaneous figures in their respective afterlives. Relying on classical (pagan) mythology and Christian imagery and theology, Dante imagines diverse vivid and inventive punishments for the various sinners he encounters, which have become part of the Western imagination. Upon their approach to Paradise, which as a pagan, no matter how worthy, the Latin poet cannot enter, Virgil relinquishes his role as guide to Beatrice. Dante's chaste beloved then accompanies him along the ascent, as they encounter the blessed and the holy, and Dante arrives at a vision of the heavenly paradise.
By Salley Mavor. 2010
This hand-picked collection of classic nursery rhymes, all delicately and painstakingly illustrated by Salley Mavor, who is reknown for her… incredibly detailed fabric and cloth scenes. It took Mavor ten years to develop her own fabric relief technique to a level where she felt comfortable even considering illustrating a book. Now, Mavor embroiders and sews illustrations, each scene taking nearly a month to complete. In this book, Mavor renders a new and visionary nursery rhyme world with precision and intricacy for many a generation to treasure for years and years to come.
By Carl Sandburg, Harriet Pincus. 1978
The Rag Doll was blessed with many friends ― the Wisk Broom, the Furnace Shovel, and the Coffee Pot among… them ― but when it came time to marry, she chose the Broom Handle. On the day of their wedding, the bride and groom were attended by a fantastical procession of well-wishers: the Spoon Lickers, the Tin Pan Bangers, the Easy Ticklers, the Musical Soup Eaters, and other whimsical characters, all marching along in a manner befitting their extraordinary names. This tale of wedding pomp and madcap mirth comes from poet Carl Sandburg's classic book of American fairy tales, The Rootabaga Stories. Marvelous drawings by Harriet Pincus, a noted illustrator of children's books, enhance the tale. Out of print for years, the book is now available in a new edition that introduces the story and its gloriously antic art to a new generation of parade-lovers, wedding-goers, and everyone who enjoys a fanciful celebration.
By Eric Ormsby. 2007