Leonard Cohen made his name as a poet before he came to worldwide attention as a singer and songwriter. Book of Longing was twenty years in the making and written in Montreal, Mumbai and during his retreat in Mt Baldy. These poems show the full range of one of the most influential and enigmatic writers of his generation.
Since his debut, "Nil Nil", won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 1993, Don Paterson has lit up the poetry scene in the U.K. His dazzling, intensely lyric and luminous verse has delighted readers ever since, and won many awards along the way. "God's Gift Women" took the T. S. Eliot Prize in 1997, "Landing Light" ... read more
John Donne (1572-1631) forfeited his Parliamentary seat and was briefly imprisoned when his secret marriage to Ann More was uncovered in 1601. He spent the subsequent decade in poverty, trying to rehabilitate his reputation. He entered the Church in 1615, and become Dean of St Paul's. His first volume of poetry was published ... read more
Bashö alone and walking some high path.Bashö alone and climbing the concrete steps to heaven,a flask of gin in his satchel.A flask of gin and a spring roll gone cold.
The great Japanese poet Bashö is just one of the shades that haunt the vividly precise yet deeply mysterious poems in Geoff Cochrane&rsq... read more
"The Alliterative Morte Arthure" - the title given to a four-thousand line poem written sometime around 1400 - was part of a medieval Arthurian revival which produced such masterpieces as "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" and Sir Thomas Malory's prose "Morte D'Arthur". "The Death of King Arthur" deals in the cut-and-thrust of... read more
It follows the exploits of a group of hapless bards, more intimately connected than they themselves can possibly know, in their attempts to navigate the hazards of London literary society. Reid's colourful cast includes an ageing ex-offender, a lecherous academic, a fading grande dame and her underachieving best friend, and t... read more
Edgar Allan Poe's dark obsessions and fascination with the supernatural find a perfect match in W. Heath Robinson's powerful and haunting imagery. This magnificently decorated hardcover edition re-creates a 1900 publication from the famed Endymion series of illustrated poets, offering Poe's complete output of poetry in additi... read more
'Paths of glory', 'Theirs not to reason why', 'When you are old and grey and full of sleep', 'A handful of dust', 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day' - these and many others are famous lines of poetry that often occur in everyday speech. But do you know the rest of the verse, or even the rest of the poem? An anthology to... read more
For his version of the "Aeneid", Dryden formed a style vigorous yet refined and drew on the deep understanding of political unrest he had acquired during the Civil Wars of 1642-51 and the Glorious Revolution of 1688.
|Series:||War Popular Penguins|
Unrivalled for its range and intensity, the poetry of the First World War continues to have a powerful effect on readers. This anthology reflects the diversity of voices it contains, and the themes cover the different experiences of war, not just for the soldiers but for those left behind as well. Including famous verses from... read more
The Scottish poet Robert Burns has been idolised and eulogised. He has been sainted, painted, tarted up and toasted. He is famous as the author of Auld Lang Syne, and he has long since become the patron saint of the heart-sore and the hung-over. But what about the poems? Beneath the cult of Burns' Nights and patriotic yawps, ... read more
Contemporary New Zealand Poets in Performance collects the work of 27 poets who came of age during the 1960s and 1970s, stamping their mark irrevocably on the New Zealand poetic scene and introducing new forms, new language and new freedoms. We hear the instantly recognisable, laconic but swaggering voice of Sam Hunt as he pe... read more
|Author:||Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson|
This series is designed for a generation who have grown up not knowing these treasures of literature, and by those who wish to renew, and pass down the memory of the joy they bring.
"A passionate and beautiful new book-length love affair in verse ... Ruthless, sensuous, tender ..." -- Ruth Padel, Independent The effortless virtuosity, drama and humanity of Carol Ann Duffy's verse have made her our most admired contemporary poet. Rapture, her seventh collection, is a book-length love-poem, and a movin... read more
It has been written that "Don Weill speaks for his generation," the senior generation, that is. His medium is light verse and his subjects range from the joys of grandparenthood to the aches and pains of the aging athlete; from retirement to second chances: from the recollection of old romances to the setting of new goals, ev... read more
Wild Figments is a loose companion volume to Poems and consists of Michael Leunig's longer pieces in a typeset format (as opposed to their original cartoon format). In this beautifully produced, pared-back presentation, Leunig's in sight, wit and delightful wickedness can be savoured in a whole new way.
When Rudyard Kipling died in 1936, he was considered second to none as a poet. On 23rd January, King George was brought to lie in state in Westminster Hall, the same day as Kipling's ashes were quietly consigned to Poets' Corner. This title features Kipling's poetry.
A rich collection of poetry that celebrates the beauty and symbolism of flowers. Beautifully illustrated with nostalgic illustrations of a range of beautiful blooms, this book includes a diverse range of poems. From verses celebrating the beginning of spring with the emergence of the snowdrops, daffodils, and bluebells to poe... read more