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The City of Poetry - Imagining the Civic Role of the Poet in Fourteenth-Century Italy (Hardcover): David G. Lummus The City of Poetry - Imagining the Civic Role of the Poet in Fourteenth-Century Italy (Hardcover)
David G. Lummus
R2,619 R1,880 Discovery Miles 18 800 Save R739 (28%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

What did it mean to be a poet in fourteenth-century Italy? What counted as poetry? In an effort to answer these questions, this book examines the careers of four medieval Italian poets (Albertino Mussato, Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarch, and Giovanni Boccaccio) who wrote in both Latin and the Italian vernacular. In readings of defenses of poetry, speeches and letters on public laurel-crowning ceremonies, and other theoretical and poetic texts, this book shows how these poets viewed their authorship of poetic works as a function of their engagement in a human community. Each poet represents a model of the poet as a public intellectual - a poet-theologian - who can intervene in public affairs thanks to his authority within texts. The City of Poetry provides a new historicized approach to understanding poetic culture in fourteenth-century Italy which reshapes long-standing Romantic views of poetry as a timeless and sublimely inspired form of discourse.

Epigrams from the Greek Anthology (Paperback, 1): Gideon Nisbet Epigrams from the Greek Anthology (Paperback, 1)
Gideon Nisbet
R285 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R48 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Lush Diodorus sets the lads on fire, But now another has him in his net - Timarion, the boy with wanton eyes . . . Meleager, AP 12.109 Encompassing four thousand short poems and more, the ramshackle classic we call the Greek Anthology gathers up a millennium of snapshots from ancient daily life. Its influence echoes not merely in the classic tradition of the English epigram (Pope, Dryden) but in Rudyard Kipling, Ezra Pound, Virgina Woolf, T. S. Eliot, H.D., and the poets of the First World War. Its variety is almost infinite. Victorious armies, ruined cities, and Olympic champions share space with lovers' quarrels and laments for the untimely dead - but also with jokes and riddles, art appreciation, potted biographies of authors, and scenes from country life and the workplace. This selection of more than 600 epigrams in verse is the first major translation from the Greek Anthology in nearly a century. Each of the Anthology's books of epigrams is represented here, in manuscript order, and with extensive notes on the history and myth that lie behind them.

Travel, Geography, and Empire in Latin Poetry (Hardcover): Micah Young Myers, Erika Zimmermann Damer Travel, Geography, and Empire in Latin Poetry (Hardcover)
Micah Young Myers, Erika Zimmermann Damer
R3,090 Discovery Miles 30 900 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This volume considers representations of space and movement in sources ranging from Roman comedy to late antique verse, exploring how poetry in the Roman world is fundamentally shaped by its relationship to travel within the geography of Rome's far-reaching empire. The volume surveys Roman poetics of travel and geography in sources ranging from Plautus to Augustan poetry, from the Flavians to Ausonius. The chapters offer a range of approaches to: the complex relationship between Latin poetry, Roman identity, imperialism, and travel and geospatial narratives; and the diachronic and generic evolutions of poetic descriptions of space and mobility. In addition, two chapters, including the concluding one, contextualize and respond to the volume's discussion of poetry by looking at ways in which Romans not only write and read poems about travel and geography, but also make writing and reading part of the experience of traveling, as demonstrated in their epigraphic practices. The collection as a whole offers important insights into Roman poetics and into ancient notions of movement and geographical space. Travel, Geography, and Empire in Latin Poetry will be of interest to specialists in Latin poetry, ancient travel, and Latin epigraphy as well as to those studying travel writing, geography, imperialism, and mobility in other periods. The chapters are written to be accessible to researchers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates.

Student Guide to Philip Larkin (Paperback): Warren Hope Student Guide to Philip Larkin (Paperback)
Warren Hope
R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The purpose of this series is to promote the study of writing in the English language through the introduction of the major figures writing in English throughout the ages. They provide an analytical and historical framework for understanding their subjects. This study explores Philips Larkin's major collections of poetry as well as his main prose writings, making a balanced judgement of his achievements. It shows Larkin's consistent quality as a poet, as well as his limitations of culrural conservatism and his equivocal commitment to love.

Machaut and the Medieval Apprenticeship Tradition - Truth, Fiction and Poetic Craft (Hardcover, New): Douglas Kelly Machaut and the Medieval Apprenticeship Tradition - Truth, Fiction and Poetic Craft (Hardcover, New)
Douglas Kelly
R1,724 Discovery Miles 17 240 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

"A milestone in Machaut studies and in late-medieval French literature in general. Machaut, already considered the seminal figure in late-medieval poetics and music, here comes across in these respects more clearly than ever. Kelly also further contextualises him within what we might call the authorial apprenticeship tradition' of Boethius, the Roman de la Rose, Dante, and later Gower, Chaucer, and Christine de Pizan. The fruit of one of the field's most distinguished scholars today." Nadia Margolis, Mount Holyoke College. Guillaume de Machaut was celebrated in the later Middle Ages as a supreme poet and composer, and accordingly, his poetry was recommended as a model for aspiring poets. In his Voir Dit, Toute Belle, a young, aspiring poet, convinces the Machaut figure to mentor her. This volume examines Toute Belle as she masters Machaut's dual arts of poetry and love, focusing on her successful apprenticeship in these arts; it also provides a thorough review of Machaut's art of love and art of poetry in his dits and lyricsm, and the previous scholarship on these topics. It goes on to treat Machaut's legacy among poets who, like Toute Belle, adapted his poetic craft in new and original ways. A concluding analysis of melodie identifies the synaesthetic pleasure that late medieval poets, including Machaut, offer their readers. Douglas Kelly is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The Essential Clarence Major - Prose and Poetry (Paperback): Clarence Major The Essential Clarence Major - Prose and Poetry (Paperback)
Clarence Major; Foreword by Kia Corthron
R525 R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Save R74 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Clarence Major is one of America's literary masters. He has published numerous books, from novels to poetry and short story collections. Among his many accolades, he was a finalist for the National Book Award and a Fulbright scholar and received the PEN Oakland/Reginald Lockett Lifetime Achievement Award. His work has been featured in many literary journals, newspapers, and magazines, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Ploughshares. Whether you've known Major's work for decades or are new to his singular style, The Essential Clarence Major offers a thrilling overview of an exceptional career, from his early groundbreaking fiction to his most recent poems. Included here are excerpts from Major's best novels, a selection of his finest short stories and poetry, more than a dozen thought-provoking essays, a taste of his autobiography. Award-winning playwright, novelist, and screenwriter Kia Corthron introduces the collection, artfully illuminating Major's importance as one of the foremost and original voices in contemporary American literature.

A Sonnet to Science - Scientists and Their Poetry (Paperback): Sam Illingworth A Sonnet to Science - Scientists and Their Poetry (Paperback)
Sam Illingworth
R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A sonnet to science presents an account of six ground-breaking scientists who also wrote poetry, and the effect that this had on their lives and research. How was the universal computer inspired by Lord Byron? Why was the link between malaria and mosquitos first captured in the form of a poem? Whom did Humphry Davy consider to be an 'illiterate pirate'? Written by leading science communicator and scientific poet Dr Sam Illingworth, A sonnet to science presents an aspirational account of how these two disciplines can work together, and in so doing aims to convince both current and future generations of scientists and poets that these worlds are not mutually exclusive, but rather complementary in nature. -- .

William Cowper - A Revaluation (Paperback): Neil Curry William Cowper - A Revaluation (Paperback)
Neil Curry
R486 Discovery Miles 4 860 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Undeniably one of the great poets, as this work shows, Cowper nevertheless sought inspiration using people and resources, often ruthlessly, to that end. He is shown to have had ultimately a highly defensive view of himself to enable him to work and live, paradoxically, on his own terms.

The Art of Complicity in Martial and Statius - Martial's Epigrams, Statius' Silvae, and Domitianic Rome (Hardcover):... The Art of Complicity in Martial and Statius - Martial's Epigrams, Statius' Silvae, and Domitianic Rome (Hardcover)
Erik Gunderson
R2,346 Discovery Miles 23 460 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Art of Complicity in Martial and Statius examines the relationship between politics and aesthetics in two poets from the reign of Domitian. Gunderson offers a comprehensive overview of the Epigrams of Martial and the Siluae of Statius. The praise of power found in these texts is not something forced upon these poems, nor is it a mere appendage to these works. Instead, power and poetry as a pair are a fundamental dyad that can and should be traced throughout the two collections. It is present even when the emperor himself is not the topic of discussion. In Martial the portrait of power is constantly shifting. Poetic play takes up the topic of political power and 'plays around with it'. The initial relatively sportive attitude darkens over time. Late in the game we have ecstasies of humiliation. After Domitian dies the project tries to get back to the old games, but it cannot. Statius' Siluae merge the lies one tells to power with the lies of poetry more generally. Poetic mastery and political mastery cannot be dissociated. The glib, glitzy poetry of contemporary life articulates a radical modernism that is self-authorizing, and so complicit with a power whose structure it mirrors. What does it mean to praise praise poetry? To celebrate celebrations? Gunderson's discussion opens and closes with a meditation upon the dangers of complicit criticism and the seductions of a discourse of pure art in a world where the art is anything but pure.

Student Guide to Poets of the First World War (Paperback): John Greening Student Guide to Poets of the First World War (Paperback)
John Greening
R334 Discovery Miles 3 340 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This study analyses the major poems of the World War I and brings into focus some of the more neglected voices of that conflict. It draws attention also to women poets of the period.

Latin Erotic Elegy and the Shaping of Sixteenth-Century English Love Poetry - Lascivious Poets (Paperback): Linda Grant Latin Erotic Elegy and the Shaping of Sixteenth-Century English Love Poetry - Lascivious Poets (Paperback)
Linda Grant
R620 Discovery Miles 6 200 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

How did Latin erotic elegy influence and shape sixteenth-century English love poetry? Using an interdisciplinary approach, this book offers detailed readings of poetry with close attention to the erotic, sometimes problematically 'pornographic', 'wanton' and 'lascivious' verse that exists in both periods. Moving beyond arguments that relate Renaissance eroticism more or less solely back to Ovid and Petrarch, Linda Grant breaks new ground by demonstrating the extent to which a broader sense of classical, specifically Latin, erotics underpins conceptions of sexual love, gender and desire in Renaissance literature. Methodologically sophisticated and moving away from static source study to the dynamism of intertextuality and reception, Grant shows the value of dialogic readings, exploring how elegy speaks to Renaissance poetry and how reading poems from both periods together illuminates both sets of verse.

Byron - A Symposium (Paperback, 1st ed. 1975): John D. Jump Byron - A Symposium (Paperback, 1st ed. 1975)
John D. Jump
R2,126 Discovery Miles 21 260 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Joseph Addison - Tercentenary Essays (Hardcover): Paul Davis Joseph Addison - Tercentenary Essays (Hardcover)
Paul Davis
R2,352 Discovery Miles 23 520 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Joseph Addison: Tercentenary Essays is a collection of fifteen essays by a team of internationally recognized experts specially commissioned to commemorate the three hundredth anniversary of Addison's death in 2019. Almost exclusively known now as the inventor and main author of The Spectator, probably the most widely read and imitated prose work of the eighteenth century, Addison also produced important and influential work across a broad gamut of other literary modes-poems, verse translations, literary criticism, periodical journalism, drama, opera, travel writing. Much of this work is little known nowadays even in specialist academic circles; Addison is often described as the most neglected of the eighteenth century's major writers. This volume is the first collection to address the full range and variety of Addison's career and writings. Its fifteen chapters fall into three groupings: the first set study Addison's work in modes other than the literary periodical (poetry, translation, travel writing, drama); the second set address The Spectator from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (literary-critical, sociological and political, bibliographical); and the final set explore Addison's reception within several cultural spheres (philosophy, horticulture, art history), by individual writers or across larger historical periods (the Romantic age, the Victorian age), and in Britain and Europe, especially France. The volume provides an overdue and appropriately diverse memorial to one of the dominant men of letters of the Georgian era.

Romantic-Era Irish Women Poets in English (Hardcover, Annotated edition): Stephen Behrendt Romantic-Era Irish Women Poets in English (Hardcover, Annotated edition)
Stephen Behrendt
R936 R826 Discovery Miles 8 260 Save R110 (12%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

This book offers a representative sampling of the still mostly unknown poetry by Romantic-era Irish women. It represents most of the period's active poets by multiple (rather than only a few) works, demonstrating the diversity and the subject range of these four dozen or so poets over the 50-year period. Although several of these poets appear (briefly) in Andrew Carpenter's Verse in English from Eighteenth-Century Ireland, no comparable or competing collection exists. Anthologies of "British" poetry by Romantic-era women devote scant space to these poets, with the notable exception of Mary Tighe, despite their contemporary activity (and activism). This anthology suggests ways to situate these poets and their work within the broader historical, cultural and literary contexts of Irish writing, Romanticism, and nationalism, in all of which areas matters of gender and women's cultural status remain important today. The book is important to several areas of literary and cultural study:1. Irish literature - especially poetry; 2. Women's writing; 3. Romanticism, Romantics studies, and Irish Romanticism; 4. Cultural history, including women's and gender studies. This substantial repository of these authors' works includes resources to enable students, scholars, cultural historians and "general readers" to locate and consult the original complete published collections from which these samples are taken.

John Donne in Context (Paperback): Michael Schoenfeldt John Donne in Context (Paperback)
Michael Schoenfeldt
R638 Discovery Miles 6 380 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

John Donne was a writer of dazzling extremes. He was a notorious rake and eloquent preacher; he wrote poems of tender intimacy, and lyrics of gross misogyny. This book offers a comprehensive account of early modern life and culture as it relates to Donne's richly varied body of work. Short, lively, and accessible chapters written by leading experts in early modern studies shed light on Donne's literary career, language and works as well as exploring the social and intellectual contexts of his writing and its reception from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. These chapters provide the depth of interpretation that Donne demands, and the range of knowledge that his prodigiously learned works elicit. Supported by a chronology of Donne's life and works and a comprehensive bibliography, this volume is a major new contribution to the study and criticism on the age of Donne and his writing.

Paul Muldoon in America - Transatlantic Formations (Hardcover): Alex Alonso Paul Muldoon in America - Transatlantic Formations (Hardcover)
Alex Alonso
R1,574 Discovery Miles 15 740 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Paul Muldoon was looking west long before he left Ireland for the United States in 1987, and his Transatlantic departure would prove to be a turning point in his life and work. In America, Muldoon's creative repertoire has extended into song writing, libretti, and literary criticism, while his poetry collections have extended to outlandish proportions, typified in recent years by a level of formal intensity that is unique in modern poetry. To leave Northern Ireland, though, is not necessarily to leave it behind. Muldoon has spoken of his 'sense of belonging to several places at once,' and in the United States he has found another creative gear, new modes of performance facilitated by his Irish emigre status. Focusing on the protean work of his American period, this book explores Muldoon's expansive structural imagination, his investment in Eros and errors, the nimbleness of his allusive practice as both a reader and writer, and the mobility of his Transatlantic position. It raises questions about the Irish poet as a westward voyager, about Irish-American cultural exchange, and how departures for Muldoon seem to be a precondition for return, indeed returns of many different kinds. It also draws on archival research to produce provocative new readings of Muldoon's later works. Exploring the poetic and literary-critical 'long forms' that are now his hallmark, this volume places the most significant works of Muldoon's American period under the microscope, and opens up the intricate formal schemes of a poet Mick Imlah credits as having 'reinvented the possibilities of rhyme for our time.'

Simonides - A Historical Study (Paperback): J.H. Molyneux Simonides - A Historical Study (Paperback)
J.H. Molyneux
R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In his examination of the public life and poetic career of Simonides, Molyneux has provided a thorough examination of all the documentary evidence available with respect to one of history's major choral lyric poets.

The Chanson des Chetifs and Chanson de Jerusalem - Completing the Central Trilogy of the Old French Crusade Cycle (Paperback):... The Chanson des Chetifs and Chanson de Jerusalem - Completing the Central Trilogy of the Old French Crusade Cycle (Paperback)
Carol Sweetenham
R1,002 Discovery Miles 10 020 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The First Crusade was arguably one of the most significant events of the Middle Ages. It was the only event to generate its own epic cycle, the Old French Crusade Cycle. The central trilogy at the heart of the Cycle describes the Crusade from its beginnings to the climactic battle of Ascalon, comprising the Chanson d'Antioche, the Chanson des Chetifs and the Chanson de Jerusalem. This translation of the Chetifs and the Jerusalem accompanies and completes the translation of the Antioche and makes the trilogy available to English readers in its entirety for the first time. The value of the trilogy lies above all in the insight it gives us to medieval perceptions of the Crusade. The events are portrayed as part of a divine plan where even outcasts and captives can achieve salvation through Crusade. This in turn underlies the value of the Cycle as a recruiting and propaganda tool. The trilogy gives a window onto the chivalric preoccupations of thirteenth-century France, exploring concerns about status, heroism and defeat. It portrays the material realities of the era in vivid detail: the minutiae of combat, smoke-filled halls, feasts, prisons and more. And the two newly translated poems are highly entertaining as well, featuring a lubricious Saracen lady not in the first flush of youth, a dragon inhabited by a devil, marauding monkeys, miracles and much more. The historian will find little new about the Crusade itself, but abundant material on how it was perceived, portrayed and performed. The translation is accompanied by an introduction examining the origins of the two poems and their wider place in the cycle. It is supported by extensive footnotes, a comprehensive index of names and places and translations of the main variants.

The Life and Loves of E. Nesbit: Author of The Railway Children (Paperback): Eleanor Fitzsimons The Life and Loves of E. Nesbit: Author of The Railway Children (Paperback)
Eleanor Fitzsimons
R343 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A SUNDAY TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR Winner of the Rubery Book Award 2020 (Non Fiction) Edith Nesbit is considered the inventor of the children's adventure story and her brilliant children's books influenced bestselling authors including C.S. Lewis, P. L. Travers, J.K. Rowling, and Jacqueline Wilson, to name but a few. But who was the person behind the best loved classics The Railway Children and Five Children and It? Her once-happy childhood was eclipsed by the chronic illness and early death of her sister. In adulthood, she found herself at the centre of a love triangle between her husband and her close friend. She raised their children as her own. Yet despite these troubling circumstances Nesbit was playful, contradictory and creative. She hosted legendary parties at her idiosyncratic Well Hall home and was described by George Bernard Shaw - one of several lovers - as 'audaciously unconventional'. She was also an outspoken Marxist and founding member of the Fabian Society. Through Nesbit's letters and deep archival research, Eleanor Fitzsimons reveals her as a prolific activist and writer on socialism. Nesbit railed against inequity, social injustice and state-sponsored oppression and incorporated her avant-garde ideas into her writing, influencing a generation of children - an aspect of her legacy examined here for the first time. Eleanor Fitzsimons, acclaimed biographer and prize winning author of Wilde's Women, has written the most authoritative biography in more than three decades. Here, she brings to light the extraordinary life story of an icon, creating a portrait of a woman in whom pragmatism and idealism worked side-by-side to produce a singular mind and literary talent. ***PRAISE FOR THE LIFE AND LOVES OF E. NESBIT*** 'A terrific book.' Neil Gaiman 'A very well-researched biography.' Kate Atkinson 'Eleanor Fitzsimons' painstaking research gives us a new insight into the bizarre Bohemian life of the groundbreaking children's author E. Nesbit. It's a fantastic read.' Jacqueline Wilson 'Absolutely superb!' Hilary McKay, children's author of The Skylarks War (shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards) 'In this long-overdue new biography, Eleanor Fitzsimons gives us a nuanced yet compelling portrait of E. Nesbit's many-facetted personality, life and works, as well as of the politically and culturally vibrant milieu in which she lived.' Fiona Sampson, author of In Search of Mary Shelley 'What a stirring and unexpected story Eleanor Fitzsimons tells and what a subject she has found. I can't think of a single writer who doesn't owe something to Edith Nesbit's glorious books for children. The extraordinary woman who wrote them proves to be every bit as brave, funny and imaginative as her own intrepid characters.' Miranda Seymour, author of In Byron's Wake 'One of the greatest children's writers, and an acknowledged much loved influence on Joan Aiken E. Nesbit is celebrated in this wonderful new biography by Eleanor Fitzsimons.' Lizza Aiken, daughter of Joan Aiken 'An exceptional biography about an absolutely fascinating individual.' Adam Roberts, Vice-President of the H.G. Wells Society 'A fascinating, thoughtfully organized, thoroughly researched, often surprising biography.' Kirkus Review 'Fitzsimons delivers a sprightly and highly readable life of a writer who deserves even wider recognition.' Publishers Weekly

Wordsworth and Coleridge - Wordsworth's Efficiency and Coleridge's Otherness (Hardcover): Andrew Keanie Wordsworth and Coleridge - Wordsworth's Efficiency and Coleridge's Otherness (Hardcover)
Andrew Keanie
R471 Discovery Miles 4 710 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The author argues that in order to appreciate the extraordinary application and industry of Wordsworth, one does not need to risk forgetting the extraordinariness of Coleridge's bursts of creativity and, in order to appreciate Coleridge, one does not need to simultaneously react against a 'dull', 'dutiful' Wordsworth. The book is divided into two parts to acknowledge the dichotomy between the methodologies of Wordsworth and Coleridge - one efficient the other inefficient. In the opinion of many, each was the other's most reliable and powerful source of creative inspiration.

Creative Alliances - The Transnational Designs of Indigenous Women's Poetry (Paperback): Molly McGlennen Creative Alliances - The Transnational Designs of Indigenous Women's Poetry (Paperback)
Molly McGlennen
R659 Discovery Miles 6 590 Ships in 7 - 11 working days


Tribal histories suggest that Indigenous peoples from many different nations continually allied themselves for purposes of fortitude, mental and physical health, and creative affiliations. Such alliance building, Molly McGlennen tells us, continues in the poetry of Indigenous women, who use the genre to transcend national and colonial boundaries and to fashion global dialogues across a spectrum of experiences and ideas.
One of the first books to focus exclusively on Indigenous women's poetry, "Creative Alliances" fills a critical gap in the study of Native American literature. McGlennen, herself an Indigenous poet-critic, traces the meanings of gender and genre as they resonate beyond nationalist paradigms to forge transnational forms of both resistance and alliance among Indigenous women in the twenty-first century.
McGlennen considers celebrated Native poets such as Kimberly Blaeser, Ester Belin, Diane Glancy, and Luci Tapahonso, but she also takes up lesser-known poets who circulate their work through social media, spoken-word events, and other "nonliterary" forums. Through this work McGlennen reveals how poetry becomes a tool for navigating through the dislocations of urban life, disenrollment, diaspora, migration, and queer identities. McGlennen's Native American Studies approach is inherently interdisciplinary. Combining creative and critical language, she demonstrates the way in which women use poetry not only to preserve and transfer Indigenous knowledge but also to speak to one another across colonial and tribal divisions. In the literary spaces of anthologies and collections and across social media and spoken-word events, Indigenous women poets are mapping cooperative alliances. In doing so, they are actively determining their relationship to their nations and to other Indigenous peoples in uncompromised and uncompromising ways.

Die Platgetrapte Kroontjie - Afrikaanse En Nederlandse Gedigte Oor Die Anglo-Boereoorlog (Afrikaans, English, Hardcover):... Die Platgetrapte Kroontjie - Afrikaanse En Nederlandse Gedigte Oor Die Anglo-Boereoorlog (Afrikaans, English, Hardcover)
Wilfred Jonckheere
R58 Discovery Miles 580 Ships in 4 - 8 working days

'n Seleksie van poesie uit Suid-Afrika en Europa wat aan die Anglo-Boereoorlog gewy is. Die gedigte is so gerangskik dat hulle rofweg die verloop van die oorlog volg, vanaf die begin in 1899 tot aan die einde van die stryd in Mei 1902. Nie net bekende digters soos Leipoldt, Totius of Celliers, Verwey of Boutens het hulle oor die oorlog uitgelaat nie, maar ook ín groot aantal geleentheidsdigters. Ondanks die subtitel van hierdie bloemlesing is drie Engelse gedigte (duidelik deur Boere geskryf) ook opgeneem.

The Odyssey (Paperback): Homer The Odyssey (Paperback)
Homer; Edited by Herbert Jordan; Introduction by E. Christian Kopff
R719 Discovery Miles 7 190 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

One of the two major ancient Greek epics, Homer's "Odyssey," has been a classic of Western Literature for centuries. This new translation into spare, elegant blank verse is certain to attract the same praise and admiration as Herbert Jordan's translation of Homer's "Iliad."

In keeping with the style of his" Iliad, " Jordan renders the" Odyssey" line-for-line in iambic pentameter, a pleasing five-beat meter as used by Shakespeare and by his contemporary George Chapman, the first great translator of Homer into English verse. Jordan deftly pilots Homer's dactyls and extended metaphors, capturing the essence of the poet's meanings while avoiding an overly literal or colloquial style.

This edition features maps of the Aegean region and Odysseus' travels, explanatory notes, a pronunciation glossary of nouns, and an index of similes. E. Christian Kopff's introduction parses the "Odyssey"'s meaning and intent, and contextualizes the poem within the larger epic tradition.

Readers never tire of the story of Odysseus' return home from the Trojan War. This lively and energetic rendition invites twenty-first-century readers and students of Homer's epic to experience these adventures as if for the first time.

Dionysius: The Epic Fragments: Volume 56 (Hardcover): Amin Benaissa Dionysius: The Epic Fragments: Volume 56 (Hardcover)
Amin Benaissa
R2,368 Discovery Miles 23 680 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The epic poet Dionysius, who probably flourished in the first century CE, is a key transitional figure in the history of Greek poetry, sharing stylistic and thematic tendencies with both the learned Hellenistic tradition and the monumental epic poetry of the later Roman period. His Bassarica is the earliest known poem on the conquest of India by the god Dionysus and was an important model of Nonnus' Dionysiaca. His Gigantias related the battle of the giants against the Olympian gods and legends surrounding it, with particular focus on the figure of Heracles. This is the most comprehensive edition to date of his poetry, expanding the number of fragments available and providing a more reliable text based on a fresh inspection of the papyri. The volume includes a substantial introduction contextualising the poetry, a facing English translation of the text, and a detailed linguistic and literary commentary.

The Art of Marvell's Poetry (Hardcover): J.B. Leishman The Art of Marvell's Poetry (Hardcover)
J.B. Leishman
R2,709 Discovery Miles 27 090 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

First Published in 1966, The Art of Marvell's Poetry presents J.B. Leishman's appreciation of Andrew Marvell's poems by demonstrating a sensitive understanding of attitudes peculiar to the seventeenth century and to Marvell. Leishman calls Marvell an "inveterate imitator and experimenter". His success depended on originality of combination rather than originality of invention. But while such phrases as "Musick, the Mosaique of the Air,'' "Desarts of vast Eternity,"- and "a green Thought in a green shade" were certainly inspired by others, they are distinctively and unquestionably Marvell's own. Marvell's poetry is shown to be the work of a man living at a certain moment in history; it is poetry which could not have been written at any other time, and its affinities to the work of contemporary poets are clearly demonstrated. The Art of Marvell's Poetry is a must read for scholars and researchers of English poetry, English literature, and European literature.

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