An exciting addition to Everyman´s Library: a new series of small, handsome hardcover volumes devoted to the world´s classic poets. Our books will have twice as many pages as Bloomsbury Classics ´ 129pp and will cost 7. 99 against Bloomsbury´s 9. 99. The binding, paper and production will be visibly superior in every way to that of Bloomsbury.
The Arabic poetic legacy is as vast as it is deep, spanning a period of fifteen centuries in regions from Morocco to Iraq. Poets include the legendary pre-Islamic warrior ´Antara Ibn Shaddad, medieval Andalusian poet Ibn Zaydun, the wandering poet Al-A´sha, and the influential Egyptian Romantic Ahmad Zaki Abu Shadi.
The poems of Emily Jane Bronte are passionate and powerful works that convey the vitality of the human spirit and of the natural world. This book contains poems attributed to her that describe the mythic country of Gondal and its citizens that she imagined with Anne, and remain the only surviving record of their joint creation.
This collection includes, of course, such celebrated poems as ´´The Lady of Shalott´´ and ´´The Charge of the Light Brigade.´´ There are extracts from all the major masterpieces-´´Idylls of the King,´´ ´´The Princess,´´ ´´In Memoriam´´-and several complete long poems, such as ´´Ulysses´´ and ´´Demeter and Persephone,´´ that demonstrate his narrative grace. Finally, there are many of the short lyrical poems, such as ´´Come into the Garden, Maud´´ and ´´Break, Break, Break,´´ for which he is justly celebrated.
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
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY CAROL ANN DUFFYAnna Akhmatova is one of the most accomplished and well loved poets Russia has ever produced. This selection, beautifully translated by poet and novelist D.M. It covers both her earlier work and the poems she produced during her persecution by the Russian authorities.