Carol Ann Duffy - The World's Wife
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.
Carol Ann Duffy - Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday
It is Christmas Eve, 1799, and Dorothy Wordsworth is awake in the dead of night. She stands outside in the winter cold, waiting patiently. When the new day breaks it will bring family and friends to Dorothy's door. For tomorrow is a double joy: tomorrow is her Christmas Birthday. Gorgeously illustrated by Tom Duxbury, this festive poem evokes the snowy Lake District as Dorothy celebrates her birthday with her brother William Wordsworth and fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Ismeretlen szerző - To the Moon
Editing _Answering Back_, in which living poets replied to poems from the past, I was astonished to see how many of the poems, old and new, referred to the moon. I then started to keep a record of such references, and from my notebook, I see that in one morning alone I came across no fewer than nine poems, from the likes of Coleridge, Graves, Rosetti and Rowe – and it was this selection that initially inspired _To the Moon_. There’s something incredibly moving, and electrifying, to read a poem from the Chinese _Book of Odes_, written around 500 BC, and to feel both our distance from and our closeness to the past, and the moon itself: _I climbed the hill just as the new moon showed,_ _I saw him coming on the southern road._ _My heart lays down its load._ In collecting together poems such as these – poems that span continents and centuries – _To the Moon_ shows what it is to be human; to love, to lose, to dream and to hope. The poems it contains give us a real and profound sense of our time on this planet, and the pleasures they offer are – like space itself – infinite.
Carol Ann Duffy - Mean Time
In her fourth collection, _Mean Time_, Carol Ann Duffy dramatizes scenes from childhood, adolescence and adulthood, finding moments of grace or consolation in memory, love and language amid the complexities of life. These are powerful poems of loss, betrayal and desire. Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow in 1955. Her awards include first prize in the 1983 National Poetry Competition; three Scottish Arts Council Book Awards; Eric Gregory, Somerset Maugham and Dylan Thomas Awards in Britain and a 1995 Lannan Literary Award in the USA. In 1993 she received the Forward Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award for her acclaimed fourth collection _Mean Time_. On May 1, 2009 she was named the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom.
Carol Ann Duffy - Feminine Gospels
Simultaneously stripping women bare and revealing them in all their guises and disguises, these poems tell tall stories as though they were true confessions, and spin modern myths from real women seen in every aspect—as bodies and corpses, writers and workers, shoppers and slimmers, fairytale royals or girls-next-door.
Carol Ann Duffy - Answering Back
Carol Ann Duffy has asked some of the brightest writers in the poetry world to select a poem that is meaningful—or has meant something—to them, and write a response to it. With up-and-coming poets alongside more established names, and original poems alongside the new works they've inspired, Answering Back promises to be a truly unique and insightful anthology.
Ismeretlen szerző - Száz vers
Cseppben a tenger - Száz versben a költészet. Nosztalgiák és sorsok hullámoznak, éjszakák és bánatok pillanatai válnak maradandóvá, hatalmak és látomások ragadnak magukkal a kötet lapjain. Magányosok és szeretők, istenek és halandók adnak itt randevút egymásnak; angol és francia, görög és latin, német és olasz költők, versek találkoznak egymással és a magyar fordítóikkal, fordításukkal – és remélhetőleg a versek az olvasókkal, a kötet összeállítója, Szerb Antal jóvoltából.
Robert Burns - The Poetical Works of Robert Burns
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Robert Burns - Poems and Songs
...features the poems and songs of Scottish national poet ROBERT BURNS (1759-1796), whose lyrical and humanistic verse inspired the 19th-century Romantic poets and, in the 20th century, such diverse artists as novelist John Steinbeck and songwriter Bob Dylan. Included here are Burns's most famous works, such as "John Barleycorn: A Ballad," "To a Mouse," "A Red, Red Rose," "Auld Lang Syne," and many more. The work also includes a glossary of Scottish dialect.
Carol Ann Duffy - The Bees
Carol Ann's new collection - her first since _Rapture_ - and since she was made Poet Laureate. 'Carol Ann Duffy is the most humane and accessible poet of our time' - _Guardian_ 'Part of Duffy's talent besides her ear for ordinary eloquence, her gorgeous, powerful, throwaway lines, her subtlety is her ventriloquism... From verbal nuances to mind-expanding imaginative leaps, her words seem freshly plucked from the minds of non-poets that is, she makes it look easy' - _Observer_ 'Nobody is ever going to need to be told how to enjoy a Carol Ann Duffy poem' - _Evening Standard_ 'Carol Ann Duffy is a poet who covers the stormy waterfront of desire, devotion and despair... As always, she manages the rare feat of building on traditions, forebears, allusions while stirring and shaking the emotions with muscular, unpretentious force' - _Independent_ 'You can't classify Carol Ann as a love poet or a comic poet or a political poet because she is all these things and so much more' - _Sunday Times_
Robert Burns - Selected Poems
The myth that has grown up around Robert Burns, Scotland's greatest popular poet, has sometimes obscured his original poetic gifts. The educated son of a poor cotter, Burns became known for his rustic background, his fraternity with the working man, his Jacobite loyalty and his amorous entanglements. Yet his contribution to literature is immense. His use of dialogue and colloquial speech is comparable to that of Chaucer and Byron, but is also uniquely his own. He liberated language, allowing freedom to the Romantic movement, and his use of old folk tunes enormously enhanced the Scottish musical tradition. With imaginative zest he satirized the Scottish community and offered shrewd insight into human nature. Although he was supremely aware of local concerns - religion and politics in particular - his work transcends the parochial and is now admired internationally for its depth of vision.
Robert Louis Stevenson - Gyermekkert
Robert Louis Stevenson korának nemcsak igen népszerű ifjúsági regény írója, de talán még népszerűbb gyermekversköltője is volt. Fő műve ebben a vonatkozásban a magyarul most először teljes terjedelmében hozzáférhetővé vált Gyermekkert, amely a műfaj valódi remeke. A versek sora egy Viktória-korabeli csodálatos parkban, illetve a tengerparton és más szépséges helyeken játszódik, a környezettel is felidézve a gyerekkor feledhetetlen varázsvilágát, csodálatos szépségeit és örökre megmaradó élményeit. Hol maga a gyermek szólal meg ezekben a költeményekben, hol egy felnőtt intéz a gyerekhez szavakat, a hangulat mindenkor ugyanaz: a mindennapokban megelevenedő mese-, csoda- és varázsvilág hangulata (Lefekvés nyáron; Remek játék; Az árnyékom; A tehén; Hinta; Varázskalács; Szénapadlás; Őszi tüzek stb.).
Robert Louis Stevenson - A Child's Garden of Verses
Robert Louis Stevenson, famed author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped, captures the spirit of childhood in this classic collection of children's verse. Celebrating his own memories of being a child, these lyrical, perceptive, often funny poems describe the world around him, from the sights and sounds of garden and nursery to gentle philosophical thoughts and exciting, imaginary journeys to exotic islands. Beautifully illustrated by Millicant Sowerby, these much loved poems are as popular now as when they were first published over a century ago. 'Still the best book of poems on being a child in the English language' - Observer
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.
Iain Banks - The Bridge
The man who wakes up in the extraordinary world of a bridge has amnesia, and his doctor doesn't seem to want to cure him. Does it matter? Exploring the bridge occupies most of his days. But at night there are his dreams. Dreams in which desperate men drive sealed carriages across barren mountains to a bizarre rendezvous; an illiterate barbarian storms an enchanted tower under a stream of verbal abuse; and broken men walk forever over bridges without end, taunted by visions of a doomed sexuality. Lying in bed unconscious after an accident wouldn't be much fun, you'd think. Oh yes? It depends who and what you've left behind. Which is the stranger reality, day or night? Frequently hilarious and consistently disturbing, _The Bridge_ is a novel of outrageous contrasts, constructed chaos and elegant absurdities.
James G. Frazer - Balder the Beautiful
To drop metaphor, while nominally investigating a particular problem of ancient mythology, I have really been discussing questions of more general interest which concern the gradual evolution of human thought from savagery to civilization. The enquiry is beset with difficulties of many kinds, for the record of man’s mental development is even more imperfect than the record of his physical development, and it is harder to read, not only by reason of the incomparably more subtle and complex nature of the subject, but because the reader’s eyes are apt to be dimmed by thick mists of passion and prejudice, which cloud in a far less degree the fields of comparative anatomy and geology. My contribution to the history of the human mind consists of little more than a rough and purely provisional classification of facts gathered almost entirely from printed sources. If there is one general conclusion which seems to emerge from the mass of particulars, I venture to think that it is the essential similarity in the working of the less developed human mind among all races, which corresponds to the essential similarity in their bodily frame revealed by comparative anatomy. But while this general mental similarity may, I believe, be taken as established, we must always be on our guard against tracing to it a multitude of particular resemblances which may be and often are due to simple diffusion, since nothing is more certain than that the various races of men have borrowed from each other many of their arts and crafts, their ideas, customs, and institutions. To sift out the elements of culture which a race has independently evolved and to distinguish them accurately from those which it has derived from other races is a task of extreme difficulty and delicacy, which promises to occupy students of man for a long time to come; indeed so complex are the facts and so imperfect in most cases is the historical record that it may be doubted whether in regard to many of the lower races we shall ever arrive at more than probable conjectures. Since the last edition of The Golden Bough was published some thirteen years ago, I have seen reason to change my views on several matters discussed in this concluding part of the work, and though I have called attention to these changes in the text, it may be well for the sake of clearness to recapitulate them here. In the first place, the arguments of Dr. Edward Westermarck have satisfied me that the solar theory of the European fire-festivals, which I accepted from W. Mannhardt, is very slightly, if at all, supported by the evidence and is probably erroneous. The true explanation of the festivals I now believe to be the one advocated by Dr. Westermarck himself, namely that they are purificatory in intention, the fire being designed not, as I formerly held, to reinforce the sun’s light and heat by sympathetic magic, but merely to burn or repel the noxious things, whether conceived as material or spiritual, which threaten the life of man, of animals, and of plants