Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow in 1955. She grew up in Stanfford and then attendd the University of Liverpool, where she studied philosophy. She was written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, incluing the Signal Prize for Children’s Verse, the Whitebread and Forever Prizes, and the Lannan Award and the E. M. Foster Prize in America. In 2005, she won the T. S. Eliot Prize for Rapture.
Seamus Heaney - Seeing Things
Seeing Things (1991), as Edward Hirsch wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "is a book of thresholds and crossings, of losses balanced by marvels, of casting and gathering and the hushed, contrary air between water and sky, earth and heaven." Along with translations from the Aeneid and the Inferno, this book offers several poems about Heaney's late father.
e. e. cummings - Complete Poems
At the time of his death in 1962, E. E. Cummings was, next to Robert Frost, the most widely read poet in America. Combining Thoreau's controlled belligerence with the brash abandon of an uninhibited bohemian, Cummings, together with Pound, Eliot, and William Carlos Williams, helped bring about the twentieth-century revolution in literary expression. He is recognized on the one hand as the author of some of the most beautiful lyric poems written in the English language, and on the other as one of the most inventive American poets of his time in the worlds of Richard Kostelanetz, "the major American poet of the middle-twentieth-century."
William Blake - Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience
This beautiful, hardcover gift edition allows Blake to communicate with his readers as he intended, reproducing his illuminations and lettering from the finest existing example of the original. In this way readers can experience the mystery and beauty of Blakes poems as he created them. This unique edition is essential for those who love Blakes work, and also offers an ideal entrance into his visionary world for those encountering him for the first time.
Ted Hughes - New Selected Poems
Made by Ted Hughes himself in 1995, this _New Selected Poems_ contains works from published collections - from _The Hawk in the Rain_ (1957) to _Rain-Charm for the Duchy_ (1992) - as well as uncollected poems of each decade of his writing life. Ted Hughes also included a group of new poems, some of which appeared later in _Birthday Letters_ (1998). 'The poetry of Hughes has brought us, in the most exact sense, closer to nature, its complete workings, than any English poet we can think of, including Clare and Hardy... It is a poetry of exultation.' Derek Walcott Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born in Yorkshire. His first book, _The Hawk in the Rain_, was published in 1957 by Faber and Faber and was followed by many volumes of poetry and prose for adults and children. He received the Whitbread Book of the Year for two consecutive years for his last published collections of poetry, _Tales from Ovid_ (1997) and _Birthday Letters_ (1998). He was Poet Laureate from 1984, and in 1998 he was appointed to the Order of Merit.
Rudyard Kipling - Rewards and Fairies
Rewards and Fairies is a delightful selection of stories and poems from the creator of The Jungle Book. Tales of witches, looking-glasses and square toes come together with all the old favourites including 'The Way Through the Woods' to make a thoroughly enchanting book. And perhaps most famous of all, included in this collection is Kipling's well-loved poem, 'If' - words that have spoken to the hearts of many a generation.
Margaret Atwood - Morning in the Burned House
_Morning in the Burned House_ is Margaret Atwood's first book of poetry since the two volumes of her selected poems were published in 1987. Atwood's poetry, like her fiction, is known and acclaimed around the world. She has had eleven volumes of poetry published in Canada, the United States, and sixteen other countries, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including _The Best American Poetry 1995._ Among her recent honors are the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence (1994) in Great Britain and the prestigious Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. She lives in Toronto.
Zsuzsa Rakovszky - New Life
It is unusual for a poet who is quite so young (b.1950) and who has published relatively little, to be granted the status of a major poet-in-waiting that translation may seem to bestow. Nevertheless, when a voice is as clear, as capable of speaking so passionately yet intelligently, as that of Zsuzsa Rakovszky's, people do tend to sit up and pay attention. Rakovszky has won all the major literary prizes available: the Graves Prize, the much coveted József Attila Prize, and the Déry Prize, twice. Some of her poems have appeared in England, the United States, and Germany; her Collected Poems are in preparation in Hungary. The world of her poems is recognisably the world of her readers: a shifting urban landscape of noisy neighbours, malfunctioning television sets, shadows on landings, snatched meetings, and dying ideologies. Rakovszky's tone is racy, fast, flittering, but precise, and despite the elaborate forms, she is essentially informal. George Szirtes intention in these wonderful translations, has been to make her sound in English, as she sounds to him in Hungarian. It is partly the classical contral, partly the brilliant clarity of her observations, that as attracted readers. While her poems tend to concentrate on private experiences, with the themes of love, deceit, guilt, identity, and personal loss uppermost, there is a current feeling that encompasses a more general and public sense of place and identity.
William Butler Yeats - Yeats's Poems
William Butler Yeats is considered Ireland's greatest poet. He is one of the most significant literary figures of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. This is the definitive collection of his poems, encompassing the full range of his powers, from the love lyrics to the political poems, from poems meditating on the bliss of youth, to the verse that rails against old age. A detailed notes section and full appendix provide an invaluable key to the poems as well as biographical information on the life of the poet and a guide to his times. The collection includes Yeats's fourteen books of lyrical poems, his narrative and dramatic poetry, and his own notes on individual poems.
Dionne Brand - Earth Magic
Inspired by her childhood in Trinidad, acclaimed poet and writer Dionne Brand conjures the world of the Caribbean in her first book of poetry for children. The sounds and smells of market day, the blazing sun, the joyful beat of much-awaited rain and a girl who dares to do better. These are just some of the stories and characters brought into focus in this captivating collection of poems. Originally published in 1979, these poems are an eloquent, unsparing tribute to the lives of the Caribbean people and the power of nature. Simple chants and schoolyard skipping songs alongside more sophisticated poems reveal a place of beauty and hardship where life moves in harmony with the elements. With vibrant collage paintings and poignant line drawings by Eugenie Fernandes, Earth Magic will cast a spell over readers of all ages.
Ernest L. Thayer - Casey at the Bat
Visions in Poetry is an exciting and unique series of classic poems illustrated by outstanding contemporary artists in stunning hardcover editions. Casey at the Bat, the fourth book in the series, is more than a poem about a proud and mighty slugger who strikes out during the big game. It is a slice of baseball lore, as much a part of the game as hot dogs and the seventh-inning stretch. Illustrator Joe Morse sets the poem on gritty urban streets with a multiracial cast of characters. It's a startlingly fresh approach that not only revives the poem for a new generation, but also brings it new richness and depth.
Tim Burton - The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy And Other Stories
Published by Harper Entertainment in 1997, Tim Burton's illustrated book of poems gave birth to a wide variety of loveably macabre characters, such as Stain Boy and The Boy With Nails in his Eyes. Many of these characters have also found their way into shockwave cartoons and a toy range. The twenty-three tales are equally amusing and tragic, but even when the fate of the freakish characters is grim, Burton's humour shines through, such as in this memorable line from the Robot Boy tale - He never forgave her unholy alliance: a sexual encounter with a kitchen appliance.
JonArno Lawson - Think Again
Make sure that your heart Isn't too well-defended. Your heart is designed To be broken and mended. — "The Heart" These quietly beautiful and surprisingly humorous four-line poems reveal the many aspects of first love — the longing, the frustration and the joy. The poet writes not from a single point of view but instead embraces the duality of first love, alternating between the perspectives of a boy and a girl. The poems and revealing illustrations by Julie Morstad combine to inspire young readers to think … and think again.
John Keats - Selected Poetry
An 'ignorant and unsettled pretender' to culture and a 'bantling' who has 'already learned to lisp sedition'. It was in these terms that the Tory _Blackwood's Magazine_ reviled Keats's poetry in 1818. This is not to imply that Keats (1795-1821) was, like Shelley, a political poet. Indeed, he is the 'one great English Romantic poet whose prime belief was in art and beautiy'. Love, art, sorrow, the natural world and the nature of the imagination are the preoccupying themes of his poetry. However, as John Barnard shows in this new selection, Keats's poetry is often indirectly critical of conventional political, religious and sexual beliefs. In his Introduction he discusses the focus of the anthology, which emphasizes Keats's place as a 'second-generation Romantic'. While Keats sought to embody in his work the 'dreams of art', he was, as John Barnard comments, also aware of the limitations of the claims of poetry and the imagination and remained deeply conscious of human suffering.
Jonathan Edwards - My Family and Other Superheroes
My Family and Other Superheroes introduces a vibrant and unique new voice from Wales. The superheroes in question are a motley crew. Evel Knievel, Sophia Loren, Ian Rush, Marty McFly, a bicycling nun and a recalcitrant hippo - all leap from these pages and jostle for position, alongside valleys mams, dads and bamps, described with great warmth. Other poems focus on the crammed terraces and abandoned high streets where a working-class and Welsh nationalist politics is hammered out. This is a post-industrial valleys upbringing re-imagined through the prism of pop culture and surrealism. If the author's subjects have something in common with RS Thomas, or even Terry Street-era Douglas Dunn, his technique and approach owe at least as much to contemporary American poets like James Tate and David Wojahn.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti - A Coney Island of the Mind
The title of this book is taken from Henry Miller's Into the Night Life and expresses the way Lawrence Ferlinghetti felt about these poems when he wrote them during a short period in the 1950's - as if they were, taken together, a Coney Island of the mind, a kind of circus of the soul. Ferlinghetti's Coney Island of the Mind has now become a modern classic. It has been translated into nine languages and there are now over a million copies in print.
Edgar Allan Poe - Edgar Allan Poe összes versei / The Complete Poems
"Poe-t, a költőt sokan az abszolút ínyencek szerzőjének tartják. Valóban nem való mindenkinek, nem olvasható nagy mennyiségben, s nem is akármikor. Főleg az utóbbi lényeges: verseinek olvasásához sajátos lelki állapot kell. Poe-t olyankor érdemes elővenni, ha például úgy érezzük, kissé túlságosan sok a zajos, önelégült ember körülöttünk, és nem kapunk levegőt tőlük; ha ravatalon látjuk azt, akit soha senki nem pótolhat számunkra... Vannak őszi alkonyatok, amikor úgy tűnik: a közelgő éjszaka benyomja ránk az ablaküveget, és a besüvítő hideg ellen nem tudunk védekezni. Ilyenkor gyógyítanak Poe tompa tónusú, ólomsúlyú szavai, rímes bánatai, időmértékes szorongásai, lebegő iszonyatai, rejtelmes, anyagtalan víziói; talán úgy, ahogy megfelelő adagokban, szérum formájában a betegség kórokozói meggyógyítják a betegséget. A kötet Poe kísérteties tájaira kalauzol - ahová a költő is menekült a szorongató élet valósága elől." (Baróti Szabolcs)
Rosner Árpád - Gyújts lámpát a holnapoknak
1939 óta él Angliában. Hivatásos könyvvizsgáló és adószakértő, versírásra csak éjjel van ideje. Számára a versírás "az anyanyelv közegéből kitépett, idegen nyelvek kényszerében lelkiségét féltő ember életszükséglete". Messze idegenben, a szürkülő anyanyelv magány-alkony lélekzaklatottságában a személyiség könnyen zúzódhat semmivé. Szerencsés az, akinek megadatott, hogy lelke gyötrelmeit versek anyanyelv-varázslatában vezethesse le, megóva így személyiségét felőrlődéstől, összetöréstől, neuraszténiától. Verseivel a költő beteg korunk valóságába behatolva, humanista állásfoglalással ítél és a múlt retteneteit idézve, figyelmeztet. A versek költői nyelvét nem a versforma - vagy rímbravúrok alakítják. Egy sok mindent látott ember tapasztalataiból levont következtetés, az életben levő folyamatok és dolgok lényegének megértésére való törekvés, őszinteség és a mindenkori haladást támogató világnézet, e bensőségesen átélt tartalmakat drámaian sűrítő, áttetsző szerkezet és tömör, képi kifejezés képviselik a versek esztétikumát. Rosner Árpád másodkötetes költő. Első kötete 1979-ben jelent meg Budapesten jó sikerrel, "Levágott ág" címmel. A mostani kötet az elmúlt 15 év termésének sokszínű, lírai hangulatú, és történelembölcseleti tartalmakat érintő verseiből készült válogatás, amelyből kirajzolódik a költő egyéni arculata.
William Shakespeare - Sonnets / Szonettek
A kötetben Szabó Lőrinc fordításai találhatók Shakespeare Szonettjeinek eredeti szövegével. Az összehasonlító elemzésre is alkalmas fordítások még a 20. század elején készültek, de mindmáig megőrizték időtlenségüket, a költőiség balzsama által. Az óangol szövegek szépsége versenyez az irodalmi magyarral. Mindezt Fux Pál 154 illusztrációja teszi igazán színessé.
Emily Dickinson - Selected Poems
Emily Dickinson was born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she spent almost all her life. In her late twenties she withdrew from normal social activity, rarely went outdors, and stopped seeing even her closest friends. But she did wrote lots of letters and when she died in 1886 it was discovered that she had also written over 1000 poems - only seven of these had been published in her lifetime. Book publication of her work commenced in 1890.