Lyrical Ballads

Lyrical Ballads

William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A collection of poems including: The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere; The Foster-Mother’s Tale; Lines left upon a Seat in a Yew-tree which stands near the Lake of Esthwaite; The Nightingale, a Conversational Poem; The Female Vagrant; Goody Blake and Harry Gill; Lines written at a small distance from my House, and sent by my little Boy to the Person to whom they are addressed; Simon Lee, the old Huntsman; Anecdote…

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North of Boston

North of Boston

Robert Frost

North of Boston is a collection of seventeen poems by Robert Frost. It includes two of his most famous poems, “Mending Wall” and “After Apple-Picking”. Most of the poems resemble short dramas or dialogues. Despite it being called North of Boston, none of the poems have that name.

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Idylls of the King

Idylls of the King

Alfred Tennyson

Fully illustrated by Gustave Doré. Idylls of the King, published between 1859 and 1885, is a cycle of twelve narrative poems by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892; Poet Laureate from 1850) which retells the legend of King Arthur, his knights, his love for Guinevere and her tragic betrayal of him, and the rise and fall of Arthur’s kingdom. Chapters include: The Coming Of Arthur; Gareth And Lynette; The Marriage Of…

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Of the Nature of Things

Of the Nature of Things

Lucretius

De rerum natura (On the Nature of Things) is a first-century BC didactic poem by the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius (c. 99 BC – c. 55 BC) with the goal of explaining Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience. The poem, written in some 7,400 dactylic hexameters, is divided into six untitled books, and explores Epicurean physics through richly poetic language and metaphors.

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A Lyric of the Fairy Land, and Other Poems

A Lyric of the Fairy Land, and Other Poems

Arthur Edward Waite

Contents include: A Lyric of the Fairy Land; The Invitation to Fairy Land; The Wanderer’s Life-Song; The Heart’s Tragedy in Fairy; Hortatio Ad Hominem; The Mourner; A Ballad of the Sunshine; The Seekers; The Descent of Lucifer; Love Song, The Sailor Lad and more.

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Selections from the Poetry of the Afghans

Selections from the Poetry of the Afghans

Henry George Raverty

This is an anthology of English translations of Pushto poets from the 16th century on. Most, if not all, of these poets are Sufi. They utilize the poetic vocabulary of Sufiism: the tavern, the wine, the flowers, etc., all actually technical terms describing the soul’s progression on the mystical path towards God. Raverty’s introductory…

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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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Poems from the Divan of Hafiz

Poems from the Divan of Hafiz

Gertrude Lowthian Bell

Khwaja Samsu d-Din Muḥammad Hafez-e Shirazi, known by his pen name Hafez (1325/26–1389/90) was a Persian lyric poet. His collected works composed of series of Persian poetry (Divan) are to be found in the homes of most Iranians, who learn his poems by heart and use them as proverbs and sayings to this day. This collection includes a selection…

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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 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 Faerie Queene

The Faerie Queene

Edmund Spenser

The Faerie Queene is an incomplete English epic poem by Edmund Spenser. The first half was published in 1590, and a second installment was published in 1596. The Faerie Queene is notable for its form: it is one of the longest poems in the English language and the origin of a verse form that came to be known as Spenserian stanza. The poem celebrates…

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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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