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Chaucer
Ackroyd's Brief Lives
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: January 18, 2005
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-50797-4 (0-385-50797-6)

In the first in a new series of brief biographies, historian and novelist Peter Ackroyd brilliantly evokes the medieval world of England and provides an incomparable introduction to the great poet’s works.

Geoffrey Chaucer, who died in 1400, lived a surprisingly eventful life. He served with the Duke of Clarence and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Seeing Stars
Poems
Written by Simon Armitage


Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 2, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59483-9 (0-307-59483-1)

A thrilling new collection from the hugely acclaimed British poet Simon Armitage. With its vivid array of dramatic monologues, allegories, and tall tales, this absurdist, unreal exploration of modern society brings us a chorus of unique and unforgettable voices.

All are welcome at this twilit, visionary carnival: the man whose wife... Read more >
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The Shout
Selected Poems
Written by Simon Armitage


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71206-7 (0-375-71206-2)

Now in paperback, the powerful selected work of Simon Armitage, the most distinctive poetic voice of contemporary Britain.

Simon Armitage is arguably the leading British poet of the past twenty years. His knowledge of the English just as they are (“a gentleman farmer / living on reduced means, a cricketer's widow, /... Read more >
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Auden: Poems

Written by W. H. Auden


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: May 10, 1995
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-44367-4 (0-679-44367-3)

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets edition is just another reminder of Auden's exhilarating lyric power and his understanding of love and longing in all their sacred and profane guises. One of English poetry's great 20th century masters, Poems: Auden is the short collection of an exemplary champion of human wisdom in... Read more >

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Collected Poems

Written by W. H. Auden
Edited by Edward Mendelson


Format: Hardcover, 976 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64350-0 (0-679-64350-8)

Selected by the Contemporary Poetry Review as one of the Best Books of 2007, winning in the category of Book of the Year

To commemorate the centennial of W. H. Auden’s birth, the Modern Library offers this elegant edition of the collected poems of one of the greatest poets of the twentieth... Read more >

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Collected Poems: Auden

Written by W. H. Auden


Format: Trade Paperback, 960 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 1991
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73197-9 (0-679-73197-0)

This collection presents all the poems Auden wished to preserve, in the texts that received his final approval. It includes the full contents of his previous collected editions along with all the later volumes of his shorter poems. Together, these works display the astonishing range of Auden's voice and the breadth... Read more >

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Selected Poems

Written by W. H. Auden
Edited by Edward Mendelson


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27808-1 (0-307-27808-5)

This significantly expanded edition of W. H. Auden’s Selected Poems adds twenty poems to the hundred in the original edition, broadening its focus to better reflect the enormous wealth of form, rhetoric, tone, and content in Auden’s work. Newly included are such favorites as “Funeral Blues” and other works that represent... Read more >

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Blake: Poems

Written by William Blake


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 18, 1994
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-43633-1 (0-679-43633-2)

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover edition contains a full selection of Blake's work, including Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, poems from Blake's Ms. book, poems from The Prophetic Books, and an index of first lines. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Poems and Prophecies

Written by William Blake


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 26, 1991
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-40552-8 (0-679-40552-6)

Introduction by Kathleen Raine Read more >

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Shakespeare A to Z
The Essential Reference to His Plays, His Poems, His Life and Times, and More
Written by Charles Boyce


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: November 10, 1991
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31361-2 (0-385-31361-6)

The only single-volume comprehensive reference to Shakespeare. With over 3,000 entries, the book covers every play and character, poems, actors, producers and directors, theatrical and literary terms, authors, scholars and publishers of Shakespeare's works and more. Read more >

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Emily Bronte: Poems
Pocket Poets
Written by Emily Bronte


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 9, 1996
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-44725-2 (0-679-44725-3)

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets edition contains poems that demonstrate a sensibility elemental in its force with an imaginative discipline and flexibility of the highest order. Also included are an Editor's Note and an index of first lines. Read more >

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Browning: Poems

Written by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Edited by Peter Washington


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4022-3 (1-4000-4022-1)

Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning are without parallel in the nineteenth century: celebrated poets, they became equally famous for their marriage. Still popular more than a century after their deaths, their poetry vividly reflects the unique nature of their relationship.

This collection presents the Brownings' work in the context of their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Burns: Poems

Written by Robert Burns
Edited by Gerard Carruthers


Format: Hardcover, 255 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26616-3 (0-307-26616-8)

With the publication of his first collection of poems in 1786, Robert Burns—the 27-year-old son of a farmer—became a national celebrity, hailed as the "Ploughman Poet." When he died ten years later, 10,000 people came to pay their respects at his funeral, and in the two centuries since then, he has... Read more >
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Byron: Poems

Written by Lord G. Gordon Byron


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 18, 1994
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-43630-0 (0-679-43630-8)

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets edition contains a full selection of Byron's work, including his lyric verse, narrative verse, poems from Hours of Idleness, "Occasional Pieces," and an index of first lines. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Selected Poetry of Lord Byron

Written by Lord George G. Byron
Edited by Leslie A. Marchand
Introduction by Thomas M. Disch


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75814-0 (0-375-75814-3)

Poet, celebrity, and revolutionary, Lord (George Gordon) Byron was one of the most influential and controversial figures of the first half of the nineteenth century, his distinctive, deeply felt work comprising one of the enduring high points of Romantic literature. From “Manfred,” with its evocation of the figure that came to... Read more >
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Scottish Poems

Edited by Gerard Carruthers


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $13.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-26971-3 (0-307-26971-X)

Asweeping literary tour of Scotland from the Middle Ages to the present, the only single-volume collection of Scottish poetry currently available.

Scottish poetry has a long and distinguished history in three languages—English, Scots, and Gaelic—and all are well represented here. The most renowned and beloved poets—Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis... Read more >

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The Canterbury Tales

Written by Geoffrey Chaucer


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1965
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-70293-3 (0-394-70293-X)

This prose version in Modern English is by David Wright.

"The rich canvas abounding with Chaucer's colorful figures becomes animated and fast moving as David Wright brings the text into modern English. The tales become pure story telling, more gripping than a present day thriller, without losing the flavor of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover, paperback and a trade paperback.

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Troilus and Cressida

Written by Geoffrey Chaucer
Translated by George Philip Krapp
Introduction by Peter G. Beidler


Format: Trade Paperback, 348 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75736-5 (0-375-75736-8)

Often called the first great English novel, Troilus and Cressida, a tragic love story set during the siege of Troy, is Chaucer’s masterpiece. Troilus, a valiant warrior, is scornful of love until he catches a glimpse of Cressida. With the help of his friend and her uncle Pandarus, Troilus wins Cressida... Read more >

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Beowulf
A Dual-Language Edition
Written by Howell D. Chickering


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9622-0 (1-4000-9622-7)

The first major poem in English literature, Beowulf tells the story of the life and death of the legendary hero Beowulf in his three great battles with supernatural monsters. The ideal Anglo-Saxon warrior-aristocrat, Beowulf is an example of the heroic spirit at its finest.

Leading Beowulf scholar Howell D. Chickering, Jr.’s, fresh... Read more >

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Auden

Written by Richard Davenport-Hines


Format: Trade Paperback, 444 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 15, 1999
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74785-7 (0-679-74785-0)

In pursuit of the roots of and influences on Auden’s poetry and personality, Richard Davenport-Hines explores the experiences and issues of the poet's life. From Freud to Auden’s struggles to reconcile his homosexuality and his Christianity, from the heady intellectual life of Oxford in the 1920s to the devastation of post... Read more >

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The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne

Written by John Donne
Edited by Charles M. Coffin
Introduction by Denis Donoghue


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75734-1 (0-375-75734-1)

This Modern Library edition contains all of John Donne's great metaphysical love poetry. Here are such well-known songs and sonnets as "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," "The Extasie," and "A Nocturnall Upon S. Lucies Day," along with the love elegies "Jealosie," "His Parting From Her," and "To His Mistris Going to Bed."... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Complete English Poems

Written by John Donne


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 1991
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-40558-0 (0-679-40558-5)

The magnificent Seventeenth-Century metaphysical poet John Donne created new forms of lyric, satire, erotic poems, and religious verse that left poetry in English forever changed. From his famously sensual love poems to his equally passionate and powerful Holy Sonnets, Donne's forceful language and ingenious wit encompass a remarkable range of tones. ... Read more >

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Donne: Poems

Written by John Donne


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 31, 1995
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-44467-1 (0-679-44467-X)

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover edition contains Songs and Sonnets, Letters to the Countess of Bedford, The First Anniversary, Holy Sonnets, Divine Poems, excerpts from Paradoxes and Problems, Ignatius His Conclave, The Sermons, Essays and Devotions, and an index of first lines. Read more >

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The Waste Land and Other Writings

Written by T.S. Eliot
Introduction by Mary Karr


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $8.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75934-5 (0-375-75934-4)

First published in 1922, “The Waste Land” is T.S. Eliot’s masterpiece, and is not only one of the key works of modernism but also one of the greatest poetic achievements of the twentieth century. A richly allusive pilgrimage of spiritual and psychological torment and redemption, Eliot’s poem exerted a revolutionary influence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea
Poems
Written by Mark Haddon


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27569-1 (0-307-27569-8)

From the phenomenally bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time comes Mark Haddon’s first collection of poems.

That Mark Haddon’s first book after The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a book of poetry may surprise his many fans; that it is also... Read more >
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