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Don Juan

Author: Lord George Byron


Don Juan is a satiric poem based on the legend of Don Juan, which Byron reverses, portraying Juan not as a womaniser but as someone easily seduced by women. It is a variation on the epic form. Byron himself called it an "Epic Satire". Modern critics generally consider it Byron's masterpiece, with a total of more than 16,000 lines of verse. Byron completed 16 cantos, leaving an unfinished 17th canto before his death in 1824. Byron claimed he had no ideas in his mind as to what would happen in subsequent cantos as he wrote his work.

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Don Paterson - Selected Poems

Author: Don Paterson

Publisher: Faber And Faber (2012)

This selection, drawn from twenty years of work, is made by the author himself and includes not only those poems from his four single volumes, but his thrilling and original adaptations of the poems of Antonio Machado and Rainer Maria Rilke. For any readers unfamiliar with Don Paterson's work, this Selected Poems offers the perfect introduction to this most captivating of writers; and for fans, an essential gathering from a master craftsman.

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Dylan Thomas - The Poems

Authors: Dylan Thomas, Daniel Jones

Publisher: J M Dent and Sons (1979)

Thomas' lyrical prologue introduces this collection of his complete and unfinished poems and early works.

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Edexcel Gcse Poetry Anthology Gcse English And Gcse English Literature

Author: Carol Ann Duffy Et Al

Publisher: Pearson (2009)

The Edexcel GCSE Poetry Anthology, for assessment from 2011, contains the prescribed poetry which you will need to study for GCSE English or GCSE English Literature. The selection is designed to help you develop an understanding of the features that are unique to poetry so that you can give a personal response. The poems are grouped into broad themes which explore issues of relationships, conflict, place and point of view. Each collection contains a range of poetry from both contemporary and literary heritage poets. We hope that you will enjoy studying and forming your own response to these poems.

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Enoch Arden Etc.

Author: Alfred Lord Tennyson


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Essential Poems From The Staying Alive Trilogy

Author: Neil Astley

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd (2012)

Staying Alive, Being Alive and Being Human have introduced many thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry, and have helped poetry lovers to discover the little known riches of world poetry. Each anthology in the Staying Alive trilogy has 500 poems to touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit. These books have been enormously popular with readers, especially as gift books and bedside companions. The poems – by writers from many parts of the world – have emotional power, intellectual edge and playful wit. This new pocketbook selection of 100 essential poems from the trilogy is a Staying Alive travel companion (also available as an e-book). As well as selecting favourite poems from the trilogy – readers’ and writers’ choices as well as his own favourites – editor Neil Astley provides background notes on the poets and poems. This format makes it even more suitable as a gift book for all those people you’re sure would love modern poetry if only they were familiar with these kinds of poems. These essential poems are all about being human, being alive and staying alive: about love and loss; fear and longing; hurt and wonder; war and death; grief and suffering; birth, growing up and family; time, ageing and mortality; memory, self and identity; faith, hope and belief; acceptance of inadequacy and making do…all of human life in a hundred highly individual, universal poems.

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Feminine Gospels

Author: Carol Ann Duffy

Publisher: Picador (2010)

In Feminine Gospels, Carol Ann Duffy draws on the historical, the archetypal, the biblical and the fantastical to create various visions – and revisions – of female identity. Simultaneously stripping women bare and revealing them in all their guises and disguises, these poems tell tall stories as though they were true confessions, and spin modern myths from real women seen in every aspect – as bodies and corpses, writers and workers, shoppers and slimmers, fairytale royals or girls-next-door. ‘Part of Duffy’s talent – besides her ear for ordinary eloquence, her gorgeous, powerful, throwaway lines, her subtlety – is her ventriloquism . . . From verbal nuances to mind-expanding imaginative leaps, her words seem freshly plucked from the minds of non-poets – that is, she makes it look easy’ Charlotte Mendelson, Observer ‘Nobody is ever going to need to be told how to enjoy a Carol Ann Duffy poem . . . She is an inspired reinterpreter of myth and a fertile creator of fables of her own’ Evening Standard ‘Carol Ann Duffy is arguably the nation’s favourite living poet’ Jeanette Winterson

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Fields Of Wonder

Author: Rod McKuen

Publisher: Random House (1971)

More sensual in imagery than Mr McKuen's previous poetry. Fields of Wonder is a work of love, by a man who became the world's best-selling poet by sharing his own emotions and thus communicating what all of us feel.

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Four Essays

Authors: Michel De Montaigne, M A Screech

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (1995)

Four essays from Michel de Montaigne's "The Complete Essays."

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Frontier Of Going An Anthology Of Space Poetry

Author: John Fairfax

Publisher: Panther books (1969)

Space has always been too important to be left to the scientists. But, until recently, the only writers who regularly made use of the literally universal themes offered by the prospect of travel to other planets, stars and galaxies were science fiction authors and the occasional avant-garde “wild talent" such as William Burroughs. Now more and more poets are being inspired by the mind-dazzling vistas opened up by Man’s exploration of space. This anthology is a showcase of the best in space-age poetry by new and established modern poets. Man’s last major frontier — his Frontier of Going.

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