Doubt and self-questioning are keynotes in the poetry of the Victorian period, a time when Britain achieved economic greatness but when spiritual faith was being eaten away by Mammon and Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Reflecting the concerns of the age, the poetry expressed an intriguing blend of confidence and insecurity, faith and uncertainty, pride and humility. Alongside the major poets Tennyson, Arnold, Browning and Hopkins – this anthology offers a rich diversity of poetry, much of it refreshingly anti-Victorian in spirit and tone, from the `nature’ poetry of William Bames and the individual voices of personal experience of Emily Brontë and Christina Rossetti, to the wonderful nonsense poems and rhymes of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear.
Edgar Allan Poe - The complete illustrated works of Edgar Allan Poe
Here in one superb volume are tales, adventures and poems from the world's master of the mysterious - Edgar Allan Poe. Famous for his horror stories and brooding poetry, Poe is credited with the invention of the modern detective story and a distinctive style of science fiction writing. Included in this collection are: _The Complete Tales of Mystery and Imagination_ - contains all 70 of the remarkable stories of terror and fantasy that established Poe as the supreme craftsman of the short story and a great American author. _The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket_ - is Poe's only full-length work and a masterful blending of science and romance. W.H. Auden described it as 'one of the finest adventure stories ever written'. _The Raven and Other Poems_ - reflects Poe's obsession with the macabre and solitude. The stories are complemented with illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Aubrey Beardsley, Edouard Manet and others.
Lord George Gordon Noël Byron - Selected Poetry
___ Byron was a legend in his own lifetime and the dominant influence on the Romantic movement. The most European of the English writers in an age of revolution, Byron was deeply involved in contemporary events, and his work was largely directed against what he called the `cant political, cant poetical, and cant moral' of the English and European worlds. His is, in every sense, a poetry of experience, and a Romantic emphasis on the personality of the poet is the hallmark of all his verse. This selection of the poetical works, chosen from the Oxford Authors critical edition, includes such masterpieces as _The_ _Corsair,_ _Manfred,_ _Bebbo,_ and _Don_ _Juan,_ with many other less familiar works and shorter lyrics.
Lewis Carroll - Jabberwocky and Other Nonsense
The collected poems of _Lewis_ _Carroll_, newly edited and published in a beautiful clothbound edition designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith “Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe” wrote Lewis Carroll in his wonderfully playful poem of nonsense verse, _Jabberwocky._ This new edition collects together the marvelous range of Carroll’s poetry, including nonsense verse, parodies, burlesques, and more. This beautifully designed clothbound edition is edited with a new introduction by Gillian Beer and includes, alongside the title piece, such enduringly wonderful pieces as _The_ _Walrus_ _and_ _the_ _Carpenter,_ _The_ _Mock_ _Turtle’s_ _Song,_ _Father_ _William_ and many more.
Emily Brontë - The Complete Poems of Emily Jane Brontë
_Az 1992-es, Gezari-féle kiadás fülszövege:_ This volume constitutes the first major edition of Emily Brontë's complete poems to appear for half a century. "A family in whom appears to run a certain instinct of song ... rising, in that of Ellis, into an inspiration," wrote the _Athenaeum_, reviewing _Poems_ (1846) by the "three brothers" Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. Twenty-one of Emily Brontë's poems appeared in that volume, passionate songs of the spirit and of nature, and they were the only poems of hers to be published in her lifetime. For this new edition Janet Gezari has arranged the poems as nearly as possible in chronological order of composition, printing the published texts of the 1846 poems but otherwise taking the most recent manuscript versions. She also provides a scholarly introduction and extensive textual and contextual annotations to the poems.
Walt Whitman - Selected Poems
Called by literary critic Mark van Doren "the most original and passionate American poet", Walt Whitman (1819-1892) created a body of verse uniquely his own - unconventional, lacking rhyme or meter, employing chanted lists of names and objects - but also powerful, sensual, oratorical and inspiring. His most famous work - Leaves of Grass - was a lifelong project Whitman compared to the building of a cathedral or the slow cumulative growth of a tree. During his lifetime the book (actually a series of books) went through nine editions, between 1855 and 1892. Today, it is considered a landmark of American literature. This volume contains 24 poems from Leaves of Grass, offering readers a generous sampling of Whitman's best and most representative poems.
Sophie Hannah - Hotels Like Houses
Sophie Hannah’s first book ‘The Hero and the Girl Next Door’ (Carcanet, 1995) earned her a remarkably big audience: her broadcasts and public readings throughout the country have proved extremely popular. Her poems move beyond satire to the heart of the modern matter: loves, lusts, losses, worldly foibles, how people see themselves and how others see them. ‘Hotels Like Houses’ provides a new range of romantic ironies, light and dark laughter, for her readership. The Poetry Review declared: ‘Shall I put it in capitals? SOPHIE HANNAH IS A GENIUS.’
Simon Armitage - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Preserved on a single surviving manuscript dating from around 1400, composed by an anonymous master, "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" was rediscovered only 200 years ago, and published for the first time in 1839. One of the earliest great stories of English literature, after "Beowulf", the poem narrates the strange tale of a green knight on a green horse, who rudely interrupts the Round Table festivities one Yuletide, casting a pall of unease over the company and challenging one of their number to a wager. The virtuous Gawain accepts, and decapitates the intruder with his own axe. Gushing blood, the knight reclaims his head, orders Gawain to seek him out a year hence, and departs. Next Yuletide Gawain dutifully sets forth...His quest for the Green Knight involves a winter journey, a seduction scene in a dream-like castle, a dire challenge answered - and a drama of enigmatic reward disguised as psychic undoing.
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.
T. S. Eliot - The Waste Land
The text of Eliot's 1922 masterpiece is accompanied by thorough explanatory annotations as well as by Eliot's own knotty notes, some of which require annotation themselves. For ease of reading, this Norton Critical Edition presents The Waste Land as it first appeared in the American edition (Boni & Liveright), with Eliot's notes at the end. "Contexts" provides readers with invaluable materials on The Waste Land's sources, composition, and publication history. "Criticism" traces the poem's reception with twenty-five reviews and essays, from first reactions through the end of the twentieth century. Included are reviews published in the Times Literary Supplement, along with selections by Virginia Woolf, Gilbert Seldes, Edmund Wilson, Elinor Wylie, Conrad Aiken, Charles Powell, Gorham Munson, Malcolm Cowley, Ralph Ellison, John Crowe Ransom, I. A. Richards, F. R. Leavis, Cleanth Brooks, Delmore Schwartz, Denis Donoghue, Robert Langbaum, Marianne Thormählen, A. D. Moody, Ronald Bush, Maud Ellman, and Tim Armstrong. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included.
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.
Alan Alexander Milne - Now We Are Six
Now We Are Six is a classic book of children's verses, some about A.A. Milne's best-loved characters Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh and others in a more general nonsense vein. The title comes from the final poem of the book: ___ _When I was One,_ ___ _I had just begun._ ___ _When I was Two,_ ___ _I was nearly new._ ___ _When I was Three_ ___ _I was hardly me._ ___ _When I was Four,_ ___ _I was not much more._ ___ _When I was Five, I was just alive._ ___ _But now I am Six, I'm as clever as clever,_ ___ _So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever._ However, the author says in the introduction: ___ We have been nearly three years writing this book. We began it when we were very young... and now we are six. So, of course, bits of it seem rather baby-ish to us [...] So we want you to know that the name of the book doesn't mean that this is us being six all the time, but the it is about as far as we've got at present, and we half think of stopping there. The poems are illustrated with Ernest H. Shepard's familiar art, including a few into which Winnie-the-Pooh wandered by accident.
Matsuo Basho - Basho
Basho stands today as Japans most renowned writer, and one of the most revered. Wherever Japanese literature, poetry or Zen are studied, his oeuvre carries weight. Every new student of haiku quickly learns that Basho was the greatest of the Old Japanese Masters. Yet despite his stature, Bashos complete haiku have not been collected into a single volume. Until now. To render the writers full body of work into English, Jane Reichhold, an American haiku poet and translator, dedicated over ten years of work. In Basho: The Complete Haiku, she accomplishes the feat with distinction. Dividing his creative output into seven periods of development, Reichhold frames each period with a decisive biographical sketch of the poets travels, creative influences and personal triumphs and defeats. Scrupulously annotated notes accompany each poem; and a glossary and two indexes fill out the volume. Reichhold notes that, Basho was a genius with words. He obsessively sought out the right word for each phrase of the succinct seventeen-syllable haiku, seeking the very essence of experience and expression. With equal dedication, Reichhold sought the ideal translations. As a result, Basho: The Complete Haiku is likely to become the essential work on this brilliant poet and will stand as the most authoritative book on the subject for many years to come. Original sumi-e ink drawings by artist Shiro Tsujimura complement the haiku throughout the book.
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.
Ismeretlen szerző - Irish Poems
Literary giants Yeats and Heaney are surrounded by a host of other poets – Patrick Kavanagh, Louis MacNeice, Derek Mahon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Eavan Bolan, Ciaran Carson and Paul Muldoon, to name but a few – in this anthology of the best of Irish poetry. With its roots in the devotional verse of the early Christian church and the long lyric poems of the Irish bards, Irish poetry has a rich and robust tradition both of engagement and self-reflection. It has grappled long with politics, providing the most eloquent response to Ireland’s turbulent history; it has encompassed religion, so much a part of Ireland’s cultural heritage; it has soaked itself in the Irish landscape and Celtic myth and has given an original slant to everyday experience and affairs of the heart. Thematically organized and spanning many centuries, this selection also features a section on Gaelic poetry in translation.
Ismeretlen szerző - English Sonnets
A collection of English sonnets, including the work of poets such as D.G. Rossetti and William Shakespeare.