By: Thomas S. Eliot (1888-1965)
The Waste Land
Whether you enjoy poetry or not, TS Eliot's The Wasteland is a work of literature that makes a rich, compelling, mystical and thought-provoking reading experience. It's one of those timeless works that seems to renew itself on each subsequent reading and you will find something new and unique every time. Some of the lines have become familiar to many of us: “April is the cruellest month....” “I will show you fear in a handful of dust” and many more. Written after the moral and social crisis that gripped much of the world after the end of WWI, this poem was considered experimental and path-breaking for that era...
|Prufrock and Other Observations|
By: Thomas Tod Stoddart (1810-1880)
|The Death-Wake or Lunacy; a Necromaunt in Three Chimeras|
By: Thomas Washington Talley
|Negro Folk Rhymes Wise and Otherwise: With a Study|
By: Thomas Woolner (1825-1892)
|My Beautiful Lady. Nelly Dale|
By: Titus Lucretius Carus (94? BC - 49? BC)
On the Nature of Things
Written in the first century b.C., On the Nature of Things (in Latin, "De Rerum Natura") is a poem in six books that aims at explaining the Epicurean philosophy to the Roman audience. Among digressions about the importance of philosophy in men's life and praises of Epicurus, Lucretius created a solid treatise on the atomic theory, the falseness of religion and many kinds of natural phenomena. With no harm to his philosophical scope, the author composed a didactic poem of epic flavor, of which the imagery and style are highly praised.
By: Tommaso Campanella (1568-1639)
Sonnets of Michael Angelo Buonarroti and Tommaso Campanella
Michael Angelo and Campanella represent widely sundered, though almost contemporaneous, moments in the evolution of the Italian genius. Michael Angelo was essentially an artist, living in the prime of the Renaissance. Campanella was a philosopher, born when the Counter-Reformation was doing all it could to blight the free thought of the sixteenth century; and when the modern spirit of exact enquiry, in a few philosophical martyrs, was opening a new stage for European science. The one devoted all his mental energies to the realisation of beauty: the other strove to ascertain truth...
By: Torquato Tasso (1544-1595)
The First Crusade provides the backdrop for a rich tapestry of political machinations, military conflicts, martial rivalries, and love stories, some of which are complicated by differences in religion. The supernatural plays a major role in the action. Partly on this account, and partly because of the multilayered, intertwined plots, the poem met with considerable contemporary criticism, so Tasso revised it radically and published the revision under a new name, La Gerusalemme Conquistata, or "Jerusalem Conquered," which has remained virtually unread, a warning to authors who pay attention to the critics...
By: Toru Dutt (1856-1877)
Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan
Toru Dutt was an Indian poet, writing in English. Born in 1856, she travelled to England and France, and being a polyglot became fluent in French and English, later in Sanskrit as well. Her works gained popularity and success posthumously. This collection of her poems, Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan, was published by her father after her death in 1877. This collection is divided into 2 parts: the 1st part contains long poems about the ancient legends of her native land of India, which had been passed on to her orally in Sanskrit and which held much fascination for her, and also implied her desire to return to India...
Poems Every Child Should Know
A treasure trove of more than two hundred poems, this gem of an anthology compiled by Mary E Burt is indeed a most valuable set of poems to read or listen to. Published in 1904, Poems Every Child Should Know contains some well-loved verses like Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Lewis Carroll's delightful parody Father William, Felicia Hemans' deeply-moving Casablanca and other favorites. It also has lesser-known but equally beautiful pieces like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Arrow and The Song, Robert Browning's The Incident of the French Camp, Eugene Field's nonsense lyrics Wynken, Blynken and Nod and a host of other wonderful verses...
Beowulf is a long narrative poem composed in Old English some time in between the 8th and 11th century AD. The only surviving manuscript that contains the poem is preserved in the British Library and it too was badly damaged by fire in 1731. It is considered to be the oldest surviving work of poetry in English and one of the rare pieces of vernacular European literature that has survived since Medieval times. A prince arrives to rid a neighboring country of a terrible monster. He mortally wounds the horrendous creature and it retreats to die in its lair in the remote mountains...
“The Keepsake, or, Poems and Pictures For Childhood and Youth”, is a collection of twenty pastoral poems published as one collection in London, 1818. The topics are moral encouragement for children, young and old alike.
Humour of the North
Some day an enterprising editor may find time to glean from the whole field of Canadian literature a representative collection of wit and humour. . . . The present little collection obviously makes no such ambitious claim. It embraces, however, what are believed to be representative examples of the work of some of our better-known writers, many of which will no doubt be quite familiar to Canadian readers, but perhaps none the less welcome on that account.
|The Poetics of Aristotle|
|The Metamorphoses of Ovid Vol. I, Books I-VII|
|The Odyssey of Homer|
|The Odyssey Done into English prose|
|The Younger Edda Also called Snorre's Edda, or The Prose Edda|
|The Æneid of Virgil Translated into English Verse by E. Fairfax Taylor|
|The Illustrated Alphabet of Birds|
|Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca Adapted from the Third Book of the Primary Schools of Athens, Greece|
|Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám and Salámán and Absál Together With A Life Of Edward Fitzgerald And An Essay On Persian Poetry By Ralph Waldo Emerson|
|The Works of Horace|
|The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II|
|Pharsalia; Dramatic Episodes of the Civil Wars|
|The Hymns of Prudentius|
|The Æneids of Virgil Done into English Verse|
|The Diwan of Abu'l-Ala|
|Codex Junius 11|
|The Emperor's Rout|
|My Dog Tray|
|Tommy Tatters Uncle Toby's Series|
|Revised Edition of Poems|
|Dame Duck's First Lecture on Education|
|The Arctic Queen|
|Th' History o' Haworth Railway fra' th' beginnin' to th' end, wi' an ackaant o' th' oppnin' serrimony|
|Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog|
|Surprising Stories about the Mouse and Her Sons, and the Funny Pigs. With Laughable Colored Engravings|
|The Peacock and Parrot, on their Tour to Discover the Author of "The Peacock At Home"|
|Rhymes of the East and Re-collected Verses|
|My Flower-pot Child's Picture Book|
|Rookie rhymes, by the men of the 1st and 2nd provisional training regiments, Plattsburg, New York|
By: Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931)
The Congo is one of the best-known poems by American poet Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931). It was revolutionary in its use of sounds and rhythms — as sounds and rhythms — and includes elaborate annotations to guide its spoken performance. Lindsay categorized The Congo as “higher Vaudeville” and was famous for his exuberant performances of it. The poem’s imagery is racist, but Lindsay was a product of his time — born 14 years after the end of the American Civil War in Abraham Lincoln’s hometown, he revered Lincoln and viewed himself as a friend and supporter of African-American culture.
Chinese Nightingale and Other Poems
This is a collection of poems on various topics by Vachel Lindsay. Please note that the Booker T. Washington trilogy had to be omitted from this collection.
The Ramayana Book 2
The Ramayana is an ancient Sanskrit epic. It is attributed to the Hindu sage Valmiki and forms an important part of the Hindu canon (smṛti). The Ramayana is one of the two great epics of India, the other being Mahabharata. It is the story of Rama, who emabrks on an epic journey followed by the fight with Ravana, the demon king who abducted Rama's wife, Sita. The epic depicts the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters like the ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal wife and the ideal king. (Introduction by Om123)
Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern
The Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, is a work of enormous proportions. Setting out with the simple goal of offering "American households a mass of good reading", the editors drew from literature of all times and all kinds what they considered the best pieces of human writing, and compiled an ambitious collection of 45 volumes (with a 46th being an index-guide). Besides the selection and translation of a huge number of poems, letters, short stories and sections of books, the collection offers, before each chapter, a short essay about the author or subject in question...
|The Night Before Christmas and Other Popular Stories For Children|
|Rig Veda Americanus Sacred Songs of the Ancient Mexicans, With a Gloss in Nahuatl|
|Poems Teachers Ask For, Book Two|
|Poems Teachers Ask For Selected by readers of "Normal Instructor-Primary Plans"|
|Aunt Kitty's Stories|
|Poems of To-Day: an Anthology|