Category: Poetry

  • Metamorphoses (Oxford World's Classics)

    By Ovid

    Metamorphoses--the best-known poem via one of many wittiest poets of classical antiquity--takes as its topic switch and transformation, as illustrated through Greco-Roman fantasy and legend. Melville's new translation reproduces the grace and fluency of Ovid's type, and its smooth idiom bargains a clean figuring out of Ovid's distinctive and elusive imaginative and prescient of reality.

    About the Series: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the broadest spectrum of literature from all over the world. each one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, delivering the main exact textual content plus a wealth of different beneficial positive aspects, together with professional introductions via top experts, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, up to date bibliographies for extra examine, and masses more.
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  • Thirst: Poems

    By Mary Oliver

    Thirst, a set of fortythree new poems from Pulitzer Prizewinner Mary Oliver, introduces new instructions within the poet's paintings. Grappling with grief on the demise of her liked companion of over 40 years, she strives to event sorrow as a route to religious growth, grief as a part of loving and never its finish. And inside those pages she chronicles for the frst time her discovery of religion, with no leaving behind the affection of the actual international that has been an indicator of her paintings for 4 many years.
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  • Charms Against Lightning (Lannan Literary Selections)

    "That feeling of changing into a brand new individual in a unique position, no matter if it truly is an phantasm, is intoxicating to me, and continuously has been. i like writing approximately areas, yet basically areas the place i do not belong."—James Arthur

    Awakening is the subject matter of this fiery debut concerning the "ghost international" of shadows and personae. a feeling of background, politics, and position is an built-in and imperative a part of the full, alive with stirring debts of shuttle, intimate moments of solitude, and encounters with the ineffable. Romantic in spirit and modern in outlook, James Arthur writes interesting, rhythmical, elastic poems.

    "Charms opposed to Lightning"

    Against meningitis and poisoned milk,
    flash floods and heartwreck, opposed to daydreams
    Against wasting your palms, consuming detergent,
    earthquakes, baldness, divorce, against
    falling in love with a child
    Against lupus and court cases, mendacity stranded among nations,
    against secrets and techniques and frostbite, the burring of trains
    that by no means arrive
    Against songlessness, your mother's depression,
    the loss of life of the cedars, Siberian crane
    Against those talismans opposed to lightning;
    the shutters swing, and clack their yellow teeth;
    the deep sky welters and the home windows quiver

    James Arthur's poems have seemed in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, and Narrative. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, he earned levels from the college of Toronto, the collage of recent Brunswick, and the collage of Washington. he's a up to date recipient of the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton collage and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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  • The Reasoner

    By Jeffrey Wainwright

    In a chain of ninety-five poems we take heed to ‘the Reasoner’, a voice that's by means of turns ardent, despairing and comedian. Petty obsessions rub opposed to makes an attempt at philosophical seriousness; vernacular expression vies with an reason deliberation. certainly, the Reasoner is anxious. He has adored the concept that, with idea and learn, the area might be understood. however the global continues to be recalcitrant, elusive even in uncomplicated such things as the trickeries of sunshine on a spider’s internet. Language performs methods, even though it should be as whole as we will be able to deal with. historical past proposes and disposes of its styles. at the back of all this there's a ‘hidden order’ – and that's either a desire and a fear.

    Does God support us to appreciate any of this? Does artwork? Is the ‘soul’ a sanctuary? The Reasoner, the reader, ‘smiles ruefully and infantrymen on’, ‘for this isn't a depraved yet a difficult global, / and folks fight, and not using a scheme of items, / and deserve release.’
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  • The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer

    By Jack Spicer

    The home That Jack equipped collects for the 1st time the 4 historical talks given by means of debatable poet Jack Spicer earlier than his early demise in 1965. those vigorous and provocative lectures functionality as a gloss to Spicer's personal poetry, a basic discourse on poetics, and a cautionary instruction manual for younger poets. This long-awaited rfile of Spicer's unorthodox poetic imaginative and prescient, what Robin Blaser has known as "the perform of outside," is an authoritative version of an underground classic.

    Peter Gizzi's afterword elucidates the various basic problems with Spicer's poetry and lectures, together with the concept that of poetic dictation, which Spicer renovates with vocabularies of pop culture: radio, Martians, and baseball; his use of the California panorama as a backdrop for his poems; and his visible mind's eye when it comes to the aesthetics of west-coast funk assemblage. This e-book gives you a firsthand account of the opposite and turbulent poetics that outline Spicer's ongoing contribution to a global avant-garde.
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  • This Craft of Verse (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures)

    By Jorge Luis Borges

    Available in fabric, paper, or audio CD

    Through a coincidence that the writer of Labyrinths himself might have relished, those misplaced lectures given in English at Harvard in 1967-1968 by means of Jorge Luis Borges go back to us now, a recovered story of a life-long love affair with literature and the English language. Transcribed from tapes only in the near past came upon, This Craft of Verse captures the cadences, candor, wit, and memorable erudition of 1 of the main amazing and enduring literary voices of the 20th century. In its wide-ranging remark and delightful insights, the publication stands as a deeply own but far-reaching advent to the pleasures of the be aware, and as a first-hand testimony to the lifetime of literature.

    notwithstanding his avowed subject is poetry, Borges explores topics starting from prose varieties (especially the novel), literary background, and translation conception to philosophical features of literature specifically and verbal exchange ordinarily. most likely the best-read citizen of the globe in his day, he attracts on a wealth of examples from literature in sleek and medieval English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, and chinese language, conversing with attribute eloquence on Plato, the Norse kenningar, Byron, Poe, Chesterton, Joyce, and Frost, in addition to on translations of Homer, the Bible, and the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    Whether discussing metaphor, epic poetry, the origins of verse, poetic which means, or his personal "poetic creed," Borges provides a functionality as unique because it is intellectually attractive. A lesson within the love of literature and within the making of a distinct literary sensibility, this can be a sustained stumble upon with one of many writers through whom the 20th century can be lengthy remembered.

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  • Captivity

    By Laurie Sheck

    The “exquisite and haunting” (Booklist) selection of poems equipped round the language and mystique of yank captivity narratives within which Sheck enters the bright lifestyles we are living inside of our personal minds and selves, and takes us into the mysterious underside of realization and selfhood.

    From Publishers Weekly
    The squat, long-lined poems of Sheck's 5th assortment meditate on American captivity narratives—stories well known within the overdue seventeenth century, reminiscent of Mary Rowlandson's a story of the Captivity and recovery of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, frequently approximately abduction by means of local Americans—as metaphors for the constraints of realization and the poetry that attempts to render it. those narratives are at once addressed within the 17 "Removes," a time period taken from Rowlandson's publication. in other places, Sheck (Black sequence) references different singularly American figures, together with Dickinson, Stevens, William James and Emerson. Sheck relishes the "slow conversion of myself into nothingness," an important (and usually violent) step towards knowing "this chain of emotions wherein we suggest (if it really is that) a self." those poems now and then appear to courtroom vagueness—words reminiscent of "scatter," "broken," and "elsewhere" are between Sheck's so much specific descriptive phrases. a few readers may perhaps locate that Sheck exhausts her issues and the time from which they originate; modernity seems every now and then, and while it does—in the shape of "a display screen candescing," the human genome and one "marketing director"—the influence is jarring. all through, besides the fact that, Sheck's lengthy strains maintain a chic uncertainty, and her fractured syntax calls either Dickinson and Gerard Manley Hopkins to brain: "The seconds slant and coarse with split-asunder."
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  • The Night Parade: Poems

    By Edward Hirsch

    Undemanding and designated, those poems, virtually completely in narrative shape, beckon the reader with their immediacy. Gracefully confirming the inextricable hyperlinks among self and family members, Hirsch, winner of a countrywide ebook Critics Circle Award for Wild Gratitude , is, at his top, attractive, reworking super recognize for and fascination along with his jap eu roots and Chicago upbringing into enlightened, richly exact verse that artfully side-steps sentimentality.
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  • Oliver Goldsmith: Poems

    By Oliver Goldsmith, W. B. Hutchings

    Oliver Goldsmith’s occupation belongs to the recent period of literary professionalism which was once born within the overdue 17th century and grew up throughout the following century. He wrote essays, e-book reports, translations, performs, prose fiction and poetry. He wrote for lots of magazines, and organize his personal. And he knew many of the significant figures within the literary, dramatic and publishing worlds of the second one 1/2 the eighteenth century. His most sensible paintings is rooted within the instances during which he lived but in addition has an entice later generations. this is often rather actual of his most famed poem, The abandoned Village, which mixes a nostalgic imaginative and prescient of a legendary previous with a hard-headed conception of social realities.
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  • The Struggle with the Daemon: Hölderlin, Kleist and Nietzsche

    By Stefan Zweig

    The fight with the Daemon is a superb research of the eu psyche through the nice novelist and biographer Stefan Zweig. Zweig stories 3 giants of German literature and proposal: Friedrich Holderlin, Heinrich von Kleist and Friedrich Nietzsche – robust minds whose principles have been at odds with the medical positivism in their age; bothered spirits whose intoxicating passions drove them mad yet encouraged them to nice works. of their fight with their internal inventive strength, Zweig displays the clash on the middle of the eu soul – among technological know-how and artwork, cause and inspiration.

    Both hugely own and philosophically wide-ranging, this can be probably the most interesting of Zweig’s popular biographical experiences.
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