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Download E-books Arthurian Romances (Penguin Classics) PDF

Outstanding adventures abound in those courtly romances: Erec and Enide, Cligés, The Knight of the Cart, The Knight with the Lion, and The tale of the Grail.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more desirable through introductions and notes by means of exclusive students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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Download E-books The Exeter Book Riddles PDF

By Kevin Crossley-Holland

The ninety-six Anglo-Saxon riddles within the eleventh-century Exeter booklet are poems of significant allure, zest, and subtlety. starting from ordinary phenomena (such as icebergs and storms at sea) to animal and poultry existence, from the Christian suggestion of the construction to prosaic household items (such as a rake and a couple of bellows), and from weaponry to the peaceable objectives of song and writing, they're packed with sharp statement, earthy humour and, principally, a feeling of ask yourself. the most textual content of this quantity comprises Kevin Crossley-Holland’s newly-revised translations of seventy-five interesting and discursive riddles – all these no longer very badly broken or impenetrably imprecise – whereas one more 16 are translated within the notes. those translations are very commonly anthologised in Britain and the us. Sir Arthur Bliss and William Mathias set a few of them to song, Ralph Steadman has illustrated them and Michael Fairfax has integrated them in his Riddle Sculpture.

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Download E-books Dear World & Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK PDF

By Nathan Hamilton

A ground-breaking new poetry anthology featuring the paintings of over 60 of the main proficient and fascinating younger poets presently writing within the united kingdom. This anthology represents extra successfully and competently a brand new generational temper - hybrid, playful, collaborative, bold, inclusive, cooperative. it really is an integral precis or beginning map for exploring and having fun with the present united kingdom poetry panorama.

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Download E-books The Nibelungenlied: The Lay of the Nibelungs (Oxford World's Classics) PDF

By Anonymous

'In historic stories many marvels are informed us ... now you could pay attention such marvels told!'

The maximum of the heroic epics to emerge from medieval Germany, the Nibelungenlied is a revenge saga of sweeping dimensions. It tells of the dragon-slayer Sivrit, and the mysterious state of the Nibelungs with its precious treasure-hoard guarded by way of dwarves and giants, of Prünhilt the Amazonian queen, fortune-telling water-sprites and a cloak of invisibility. pushed by means of the clash among Kriemhilt, the blameless maiden became she-devil, and her antagonist, the stoic, indomitable Hagen, the tale is one in every of human tragedy, of affection, jealousy, homicide, and revenge, finishing in slaughter on a bad scale. The paintings of an nameless poet of c.1200, due to the fact that its rediscovery within the eighteenth century the Nibelungenlied has become considered as the nationwide epic of the Germans. It has encouraged numerous reworkings and variations, together with masterpieces: Fritz Lang's two-part movie, and Richard Wagner's Ring cycle.

This is the 1st prose translation for over 40 years: actual and compelling, it really is observed by means of a wealth of beneficial heritage info.

Readership: Readers of epic literature, sagas, delusion, medieval literature, Wagner lovers; scholars of German literature, medieval literature in translation, medieval classes in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

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Download E-books The Aeneid (Vintage Classics) PDF

Virgil's nice epic transforms the Homeric culture right into a triumphal assertion of the Roman civilizing project. Translated by means of Robert Fitzgerald.

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Download E-books District and Circle: Poems PDF

By Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney's new assortment starts off "In an age of naked fingers and forged iron" and ends as "The automated lock / clunks shut" within the eerie new stipulations of a menaced twenty-first century. of their haunted, virtually visionary readability, the poems assay the burden and value of what has been held within the hand and within the reminiscence. pictures out of a formative years spent secure from the horrors of worldwide struggle II – railway sleepers, a sledgehammer, the "heavyweight / Silence" of "Cattle out in rain" – are coloured by way of a strongly modern feel that "Anything can happen," and different photos from the damaging current – a trip at the Underground, a melting glacier – are fraught with this related anxiety.

But District and Circle, which incorporates a variety of prose poems and translations, bargains resistance because the poet gathers his staying powers and stands his floor within the hiding areas of affection and excited language. In a chain like "The Tollund guy in Springtime" and in different poems which "do the rounds of the district" – its recognized roads and rivers and bushes, its established and unexpected ghosts – the gravity of memorial is remodeled into the grace of recollection. With extra delight in and conviction than ever, Seamus Heaney continues his belief within the obduracy of workaday realities and the secret of daily renewals.

District and Circle is the winner of the 2007 Poetry Now award and the 2006 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry.

*First released hardcover 2006*

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Download E-books Sleeping with the Dictionary (New California Poetry) PDF

Harryette Mullen's 5th poetry assortment, Sleeping with the Dictionary, is the abecedarian offspring of her collaboration with of the poet's such a lot seductive writing companions, Roget's word list and The American background Dictionary. In her ménage à trois with those trustworthy partners, the poet knows that whereas Roget seems captivated with different types and hierarchies, the American background, whatever its faults, was once compiled with the help of a democratic utilization panel that integrated black poets Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps, in addition to feminist writer and editor Gloria Steinem. With its arbitrary but determinant alphabetical association, its gleeful pursuit of the ludic excitement of note video games (acrostic, anagram, homophone, parody, pun), in addition to its reflections at the politics of language and dialect, Mullen's paintings is critical play. many of the poems are encouraged or stimulated by means of a strategy of the overseas literary avant-garde staff Oulipo, a dictionary online game known as S+7 or N+7. this technique of textual transformation--which is used to compose nonsensical travesties corresponding to Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky"--also creates a type of automated poetic discourse.

Mullen's parodies reconceive the African American's relation to the English language and Anglophone writing, via textual copy, recombining the genetic constitution of texts from the Shakespearean sonnet and the fairy story to airline safeguard directions and direct mail. The poet admits to being "licked in every single place by way of the English tongue," and the name of this e-book could remind readers that an intimate associate who additionally offers language classes is termed, euphemistically, a "pillow dictionary."

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Download E-books The Door PDF

By Margaret Atwood

A beautiful lyrical success and Atwood's first choice of new poems in over a decade.

The Door is Margaret Atwood's first ebook of poetry because the award-winning Morning within the Burned House (1995). Its fifty lucid but pressing poems diversity in tone from lyric to ironic to meditative to prophetic, and in topic from the private to the political, seen in its broadest experience. They examine the mysterious writing of poetry itself, in addition to the passage of time and our shared feel of mortality. the gathering starts off with poems that reflect on the previous and ends with harbingers of items to come.

Brave and compassionate, The Door interrogates the certainties that we construct our lives on.

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Download E-books Piers Plowman: A Modern Verse Translation PDF

William Langland's 14th-century poem Piers Plowman, a irritating and sometimes funny remark on corruption and greed, continues to be significant this day. The allegorical paintings revolves round the narrator's quest to stay a very good lifestyles, and takes the shape of a chain of desires during which Piers, the sincere plowman, appears to be like in numerous guises. Characters comparable to moral sense, constancy and Charity, along Falsehood and Guile, are immediately recognizable as our present-day politicians and celebrities, pals and pals. Social matters are faced, together with governance, financial family, legal justice, marital kinfolk and the bounds of educational studying, in addition to non secular trust and the usual world. This new verse translation from the center English preserves the power, imagery and cause of the unique, and keeps its alliterative variety.

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Download E-books The Brave Never Write Poetry PDF

By Daniel Jones

First released in 1985, The courageous by no means Write Poetry, the lone choice of poems through critic/novelist Daniel Jones (1959–1994), used to be a cult hit. Written in an instantaneous, plainspoken, autobiographical and every now and then confessional variety within the culture of Charles Bukowski and Al Purdy, those confrontational poems approximately intercourse and tedium, medicines and suicide, rfile Jones' depressive, alcoholic years as an enfant terrible..

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