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 Ka’ba. Another highlight…

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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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The Book of Odes

The Book of Odes

L. Cranmer-Byng

This selection of poems from the Chinese Book of Odes appeared in the Wisdom of the East series. The Book of Odes, or Shih Ching, is one of the Five Classics from ancient China.

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A Book Of Old English Ballads

A Book Of Old English Ballads

George Wharton Edwards

With over 50 illustrations. 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…

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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…

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A Child’s Garden of Verses

A Child's Garden of Verses

Robert Louis Stevenson

Fully illustrated. 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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Eanthe: A Tale of the Druids and Other Poems

Eanthe: A Tale of the Druids and Other Poems

Sandford Earle

Taken from the Preface: ‘The period when the events narrated in the following Poem happened, or are supposed to have happened, was soon after the introduction of Christianity into Britain and its neighbouring Isles. The frame-work of the Poem, if I may be permitted to use the expression, is composed of three of the principal ceremonies of the Druids, in illustrating which my intention was to depict the struggle arising in the breast of…

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An Essay on Criticism

An Essay on Criticism

Alexander Pope

An Essay on Criticism is one of the first major poems written by the English writer Alexander Pope. It is a verse essay written in the Horatian mode and is primarily concerned with how writers and critics behave in the new literary commerce of Pope’s contemporary age. The poem covers a range of good criticism and advice, and represents many…

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