Arabian Poetry

Arabian Poetry

W. A. Clouston

This is an anthology of 19th century Orientalist translations of Arabian poetry, many of which are very rare, as is this particular book. Most of the included works either predated Muhammed or were contemporary, so there are many fascinating bits of pre-Islamic lore. Included is the Moallakat, or the ‘Hanged’ Poems, a collection of seven pre-Islamic poets whose works were once displayed (i.e. ‘hanged’) in the…

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Armenian Legends and Poems

Armenian Legends and Poems

Zabelle C. Boyajian

This is a collection of translations of Armenian literature from the middle ages, interspersed with poetry from the 19th century. In addition, there are a number of episodes from the chronicles of Moses of Khorene, a fifth century Armenian historian. The book concludes with a long essay by Aram Raffi which contextualizes the long history of Armenian literature. This essay also details the long religious…

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The Book of American Negro Poetry

The Book of American Negro Poetry

James Weldon Johnson

A collection of poetry from writers such as Paul Laurence Dunbar; James Edwin Campbell; James D. Corrothers; Daniel Webster Davis; William H.A. Moore; W.E. Burghardt Du Bois; George Marion McClellan; William Stanley Braithwaite; George Reginald Margetson, and many more.

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Book of Odes

Book of Odes

Confucius

The Shih-ching, translated variously as the Book of Songs, Book of Odes, or simply known as the Odes or Poetry is the oldest existing collection of Chinese poetry, comprising 305 works dating from the 11th to 7th centuries BC. It is one of the “Five Classics” traditionally said to have been compiled by Confucius. This is a selection which appeared in the Wisdom of the East series.

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A Book Of Old English Ballads

A Book Of Old English Ballads

George Wharton Edwards

This collection of ballads contains some of the best known English folk lyrics. It should be noted that ‘Old English’ in this case doesn’t mean ‘Anglo-Saxon’; strictly speaking these are written in late Middle or early Modern English. This makes them accessible, even enjoyable, for a modern audience. Many of these are from the Scottish border, and deal with clashes between the English and Scots in historical times…

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The Book Of Poetry

The Book Of Poetry

James Legge

This is the unabridged translation of the Book of Odes (the Shih Ching) by James Legge. Legge translated the Chinese Book of Odes, one of the Five Chinese Classics, in 1876. This edition, from a reprint published in Shanghai in 1931, includes all of the English translations, but omits the Chinese text found in the original publications.

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The Canterbury Tales and Other Poems

The Canterbury Tales and Other Poems

Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the 14th century. Apart from the Canterbury Tales, there is also a collection of 21 short poems, The Romaunt Of The Rose, A Treatise On The Astrolabe, The Legend Of Good Women, Troilus And Criseyde, Boece, The Parliament Of Fowls, Anelida And Arcite, The House Of Fame, and The Book Of The Duchess.

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A Child’s Garden of Verses

A Child's Garden of Verses

Robert Louis Stevenson

A Child’s Garden of Verses is a collection of poetry for children by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. The collection first appeared in 1885 under the title Penny Whistles, but has been reprinted many times. It contains about 65 poems including the cherished classics “Foreign Children,” “The Lamplighter,” “The Land of Counterpane,” “Bed in Summer,” “My Shadow” and “The Swing.”

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The Day of Doom

The Day of Doom

Michael Wigglesworth

The Day of Doom: or, A Poetical Description of the Great and Last Judgment, is a religious poem by clergyman Michael Wigglesworth that became a best-selling classic in Puritan New England for a century after it was published in 1662. The poem describes the Day of Judgment, on which a vengeful God judges and sentences all men, going into detail as to the various categories of people who think themselves excusable who will nonetheless end up in Hell.

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The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri

With 136 beautiful illustrations and over 700 pages, this is the complete text of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. An epic poem, considered to be one of the greatest works of world literature, it tells the story of Dante’s travels through Paradise, Purgatory and Hell. The Roman poet Virgil guides him through Hell and Purgatory; Beatrice, Dante’s…

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The Diwan of Zeb-un-Nissa

The Diwan of Zeb-un-Nissa

Zeb-un-Nissa

The Princess Zeb-un-Nissa was the eldest daughter of the Mogul Emperor Aurungzebe of India, and was born in 1639. A Sufi, she was well educated in both the Quran and the sciences, and was fluent in Arabic, Persian and Urdu. She started to write Persian poetry secretly at the age of 14. Her works included the Diwan, a collection of her poetry, excerpts…

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Don Juan

Don Juan

George Byron

Byron’s exuberant masterpiece tells of the adventures of Don Juan, beginning with his illicit love affair at the age of sixteen in his native Spain and his subsequent exile to Italy. Following a dramatic shipwreck, his exploits take him to Greece, where he is sold as a slave, and to Russia, where he becomes a favorite of the Empress Catherine who sends him on to England.

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