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Beowulf

Author: Anon

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Beowulf is the greatest surviving work of literature in Old English, unparalleled in its epic grandeur and scope. It tells the story of the heroic Beowulf and of his battles, first with the monster Grendel, who has laid waste to the great hall of the Danish king Hrothgar, then with Grendel's avenging mother, and finally with a dragon that threatens to devastate his homeland. Through its blend of myth and history, Beowulf vividly evokes a twilight world in which men and supernatural forces live side by side. And it celebrates the endurance of the human spirit in a transient world.

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Book Of Nonsense

Author: Edward Lear

Publisher: Everymans Library (1992)

This is a classic book of amusing limericks for children. Surprisingly, many of them make good sense, in a strange way. It is fun and a pleasurable diversion from serious stuff.

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Caught In The Quiet

Author: Rod McKuen

Publisher: W H Allen (1973)

With literally no advertising or fanfare, Caught in the Quiet has become one Rod McKuen's biggest-selling and best-loved books. For this edition the author has added new poems and there are fourteen drawings by the award-winning artist Anthony Goldschmidt. Numbered rather than titled, the poems chronicle the beginning, settling in, and the end of two people's lives together.

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Charmides And Other Poems

Author: Oscar Wilde

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Christabel & Kubla Khan

Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Two of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's three most influential poems (the third being The Rime of the Ancient Mariner) which are also among the best-known and significant poems in the English language.

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Collected Poems 1934 - 1952

Author: Dylan Thomas

Publisher: (1953)

In the words of Dylan Thomas, this collection "contains most of the poems I have written, and all, up to the present year, that I wish to preserve.". Introduced by the poet himself with a passionate seashore 'Prologue', in which the self-styled Noah of poetry builds his ark against ruin, it features perhaps Dylan Thomas' best-known poem, 'Fern Hill' - a profoundly melancholic and wistful meditation on former times, and 'Do not go gentle into that good night', which was written by the poet for his dying father, exploring the themes of grief, loss and death.

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Come To Me In Silence

Author: Rod McKuen

Publisher: Cheval Books (1973)

This was Rod McKuen's newest book of poetry in 1974. As in much of his earlier work, the poems are gentle, beautiful, alternatelylonely and happy, but these are poems unlike any the author has written before. They speak directly to man's uniquelyu human condition -- his wants, his solitude, and, most of all, his desire to be understood. But most importantly, these poems represent a new and different kind of McKuen writing -- more mature, more compassionate and more deeply in touch with both public and private feelings.

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Coming Close To The Earth

Author: Rod McKuen

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (1978)

On opening a book of poetry by Rod McKuen, the least one can expect is the unexpected. Coming Close to the Earth is part two of the trilogy begun by The Sea Around Me. .. The Hills Above, and its opening strains echo the last poem in that book. But Coming Close to the Earth is much more than a sequel. Probably the most diversified collection of verse from this best-selling poet and chansonnier, it can be seen as a kind of journal, unrelenting in its honesty and always in touch with the complex emotions which govern our lives. It is certainly Rod McKuen's most intense and personal work to date.

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Country Sentiment

Author: Robert Graves

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Country Sentiment was Graves' attempt to escape from the horrors of our post-World War I era. He remained haunted by the memory of the war, as were many for the rest of their days, while others were able to wipe the memory and move on.

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Departmental Ditties And Barrack Room Ballads

Author: Rudyard Kipling

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Songs and poems by Rudyard Kipling, dealing with the late-Victorian British Army and mostly written in a vernacular dialect. The series contains some of Kipling's most well-known work, including the poems "Gunga Din", "Tommy", "Mandalay", and "Danny Deever", helping consolidate his early fame as a poet. The first poems were published in the 'Scots Observer' in the first half of 1890, and were collected under the current title in 1899.

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