Incarnadine | Poems

Author Mary Szybist Description Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry* An NPR, Slate, Oregonian, Kansas City Star, Willamette Week, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year * Amazon’s Best Book of the Year in Poetry 2013 *In Incarnadine, Mary Szybist restlessly seeks out places where meaning might take on new color. […]

Gilgamesh | A New Rendering in English Verse

Author David Ferry Description 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.

The Odyssey | The Fitzgerald Translation

Author D. S. Carne-Ross Description Robert Fitzgerald’s translation of Homer’s Odyssey is the best and best-loved modern translation of the greatest of all epic poems. Since 1961, this Odyssey has sold more than two million copies, and it is the standard translation for three generations of students and poets. Farrar, Straus and Giroux is delighted […]

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Author Anonymous Description The ancient Sumerian poem The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest written stories in existence, translated with an introduction by Andrew George in Penguin Classics.Miraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as much as four thousand years, the poem of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, is the world’s oldest epic, predating […]

The Inferno

Author Dante Alighieri Description Belonging in the immortal company of the works of Homer, Virgil, Milton, and Shakespeare, Dante Alighieri’s poetic masterpiece is a visionary journey that takes readers through the torment of Hell.The first part of Dante’s Divine Comedy is many things: a moving human drama, a supreme expression of the Middle Ages, a glorification of […]

The Ramayana | A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic

Author R. K. Narayan Description The greatest Indian epic, one of the world’s supreme masterpieces of storytellingA Penguin Classic A sweeping tale of abduction, battle, and courtship played out in a universe of deities and demons, The Ramayana is familiar to virtually every Indian. Although the Sanskrit original was composed by Valmiki around the fourth […]

The Cambridge Guide to Reading Poetry

Author Andrew Hodgson Description At the heart of this book is a belief that poetry matters, and that it enables us to enjoy and understand life. In this accessible guide, Andrew Hodgson equips the reader for the challenging and rewarding experience of unlocking poetry, considering the key questions about language, technique, feeling and subject matter […]

Iliad

Author Homer Description “Gripping. . . . Lombardo’s achievement is all the more striking when you consider the difficulties of his task. . . . [He] manages to be respectful of Homer’s dire spirit while providing on nearly every page some wonderfully fresh refashioning of his Greek. The result is a vivid and disarmingly hardbitten […]

Milton’s Visual Imagination | Imagery in Paradise Lost

Author Stephen B. Dobranski Description Critics have traditionally found fault with the descriptions and images in John Milton’s poetry and thought of him as an author who wrote for the ear more than the eye. In Milton’s Visual Imagination, Stephen B. Dobranski proposes that, on the contrary, Milton enriches his biblical source text with acute […]

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