To commemorate the centennial of W. H. Auden´s birth, the Modern Library offers this elegant edition of the collected poems of one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. This volume includes all the poems that Auden wished to preserve, in a text that includes his final revisions, with corrections based on the latest research. Auden divided his poems into sections that corresponded to what he referred to as chapters in his life, each one beginning with a change in his inner life or external circumstances: the moment in 1933 when he first knew ´´exactly what it means to love one´s neighbor as oneself?; his move from Britain to America in 1939; his first summer in Italy in 1948; his move to a summerhouse in Austria in 1958; and his return to England in 1972. Auden´s work has perhaps the widest range and the greatest depth of any English poet of the past three centuries. From the anxious warnings of his early verse through the expansive historical perspectives of his middle years to the celebrations and thanksgiving in his later work, Auden wrote in a voice that addressed readers personally rather than as part of a collective audience. His styles and forms extend from ballads and songs to haiku and limericks to sonnets, sestinas, prose poems, and dozens of other constructions of his own invention. His tone ranges from spirited comedy to memorable profundity-often within the same work. His poems manage to be secular and sacred, philosophical and erotic, personal and universal. ´´All the poems I have written were written for love,? Auden once said. This book includes his famous early poems about transient love (´´Lay your sleeping head, my love,? ´´Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone?) and his later poems about enduring love (´´In Sickness and in Health,? ´´First Things First?). The book also includes Auden´s longer, more thematically varied poems, from the expressionist charade ´´Paid on Both Sides? to the formal couplets of ´´New Year Letter?; the darkly comic sequel to The Tempest, ´´The Sea and the Mirror?; and a baroque eclogue set in a wartime bar, ´´The Age of Anxiety.? This new edition includes a critical appreciation of Auden by Edward Mendelson, the editor of the present volume and Auden´s literary executor. ´´W. H. Auden had the greatest gifts of any of our poets in the twentieth century, the greatest lap full of seed.? -James Fenton, The New York Review of Books ´´At the beginning of the new century, [Auden] is an indispensable poet. Even people who don´t read poems often turn to poetry at moments when it matters, and Auden matters now.? -Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
Gathered in this volume readers will find more than fifty years of poems by the incomparable Jack Gilbert, from his Yale Younger Poets prize-winning volume to glorious late poems, including a section of previously uncollected work. There is no one quite like Jack Gilbert in postwar American poetry. After garnering early acclaim with Views of Jeopardy (1962), he escaped to Europe and lived apart from the literary establishment, honing his uniquely fierce, declarative style, with its surprising abundance of feeling. He reappeared in our midst with Monolithos (1982) and then went underground again until The Great Fires (1994), which was eventually followed by Refusing Heaven (2005), a prizewinning volume of surpassing joy and sorrow, and the elegiac The Dance Most of All (2009). Whether his subject is his boyhood in working-class Pittsburgh, the women he has loved throughout his life, or the bittersweet losses we all face, Gilbert is by turns subtle and majestic: he steals up on the odd moment of grace; he rises to crescendos of emotion. At every turn, he illuminates the basic joys of everyday experience. Now, for the first time, we have all of Jack Gilbert´s work in one essential volume: testament to a stunning career and to his place at the forefront of poetic achievement in our time.
This volume presents the most authentic Greek text of Cavafy´s 154 authorized poems ever to be published, together with a new English translation that conveys the accent and rhythm of the poet´s individual tone of voice.
This full edition of Wordsworth´s poetical works shows how the poet was much influenced by the events of the French revolution in his youth, breaking away from the artificial diction of the Augustan and neo-classical traditions of the 18th century.
A collection of Oscar Wilde´s many varied works. These include the tender fairy stories he wrote for his children; his novels, many of which shocked and outraged many readers of his day; plays which were enormously successful and continue to be so; and poems and essays.
This edition of the poetry of Rudyard Kipling contains all of his verse. His poetry uses many rhythms and popular forms of speech, ranging from dramatic monologues to extended ballads. Often mistakenly branded as a fascist, Kipling´s attitudes changed over the years, revealing a darker side.