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The Ballad Of Reading Gaol

Author: Oscar Wilde

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a poem by Oscar Wilde, written in exile either in Berneval-le-Grand or in Dieppe, France, after his release from Reading Gaol in 1897.

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The Ballad Of The White Horse

Author: G K Chesterton

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The Ballad of the White Horse is a poem by G. K. Chesterton about the idealised exploits of the Saxon King Alfred the Great, published in 1911. Written in ballad form, the work has been described as one of the last great traditional epic poems ever written in the English language. The poem narrates how Alfred was able to defeat the invading Danes at the Battle of Ethandun under the auspices of God working through the agency of the Virgin Mary. In addition to being a narration of Alfred's military and political accomplishments, it is also considered a Catholic allegory. Chesterton incorporates a significant amount of philosophy into the basic structure of the story.

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The Bonniest Companie

Author: Kathleen Jamie

Publisher: Picador (2015)

Kathleen Jamie’s first collection since the Costa-prize winning 'The Overhaul' addresses her native Scotland and her own place within it, revealing a country at once wild and contained, rural and urban. In the words of the author: '2014 was a year of tremendous energy, and, knowing I wanted to embrace that energy and participate in my own way, I resolved to write a poem a week, following the cycle of the year.'

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The Buke Of The Howlat

Authors: James Robertson, Kate Leiper

Publisher: Birlinn Limited (2016)

Originally written in the 1440s by Richard Holland, a Scottish cleric who was chaplain to Archibald Douglas, Earl of Moray, The Buke of the Howlat is one of the great poetic gems of fifteenth-century Scots. Scots edition

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The Canon's Yeoman's Tale

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer

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Late in the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer introduced two new characters: a Canon, and his servant - a Yeoman. The two catch up with the pilgrims and ask the host to permit them to join the company. The host asks the Yeoman about the narrating qualities of his master. The Yeoman says his master is a skillful alchemist who knows how to turn base metal into precious metal. The Canon is not amused by the revelation of his Yeoman, gives his horse the spurs and leaves the company - leaving his Yeoman behind. The Yeoman decides to tell a tale about the trickery of canons. This is a Modern English version of the original.

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The Collected Poems Of Rupert Brooke

Author: Rupert Brooke

Publisher: JOHN LANE COMPANY (1921)

Today Rupert Brooke is probably best known as one of the famous First World War poets. Brooke has continued to fascinate people of all ages and walks of life ever since his untimely death en route to Gallipoli on St George’s Day 1915, at the age of 27. He lived his short life with intensity – he was not only a poet, but also a scholar, dramatist, literary critic, travel writer, political activist and soldier.

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The Complete Poetical Works Of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Author: Henry W Longfellow

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Henry W Longfellow lived from 1807 to 1882. He was a Professor of Modern Languages at Harvard University, until he retired to devote himself to writing poetry and novels. Longfellow was the most popular American poet of his day. Famous poems in this book, first published in 1893, include 'The Village Blacksmith', 'The Wreck of the Hesperus', 'Paul Revere's Ride' and 'The Song of Hiawatha'. It includes plays called dramatic poems and translations of European poetry.

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The First Three Circles Of Hell

Authors: Dorothy L Sayers, Dante

Publisher: Penguin Classics (1995)

Composed in the early fourteenth century, The Divine Comedy is one of the most enduring of all Christian allegories: the story of a lover who must confront the visions of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise on his quest to find his lost lady. Here Dante, with the spirit of Virgil to guide him, enters Hell and faces an arduous journey towards a deeper understanding of God. The Divine Comedy is published in three volumes in Penguin Classics.

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The Hunting Of The Snark

Author: Lewis Carroll

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"The Hunting of the Snark" relates in glittering verse the story of how the Bellman and his eccentric crew, who include a butcher, a baker, a beaver and a tailor, set off in quest of that most mysterious and elusive of creatures, the Snark.

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The Last Beginning

Author: Lauren James

Publisher: Sky Pony Press (2018)

Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives. But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove's investigation? For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future, and failure could cost the world everything.

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