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Alexander Pope’s beautiful verse translation of the Ancient Greek epic of the Trojan War. One of the oldest surviving works… in Western literature, Homer’s epic poem has captivated readers for millennia. Set at the end of the Greeks’ decade-long siege of Troy, it centers on a quarrel between the Greek King Agamemnon and his greatest asset in battle, the warrior Achilles. From this conflict between two great men, The Iliad weaves a tale of warring nations, vengeful gods, plagues, betrayals, and the terrible consequences of prideful rage. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices. “Many consider [Pope’s translation] the greatest English Iliad. . . . It manages to convey not only the stateliness and grandeur of Homer’s lines, but their speed and wit and vividness.” —The New Yorker “Pope worked miracles. . . ,This is a poem you can live your way into, over the years, since it yields more at every encounter.” —TheNew York Times
Par Carlos Fuentes. 2000
Par David Starkey. 2010
David Starkey's A Few Things You Should Know About the Weasel is a far-ranging and fearless collection, of great humour,… intelligence and sympathy. Ranging through philosophy, art and history -- both global and domestic -- these poems skillfully chronicle the darkness that is our current age and condition, and the pinpricks of light thta may show us the way out.
Par Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 2017
The second book in the three-part Divine Comedy finds Dante and his guide, Virgil, halfway between Heaven and Hell. Having… portrayed the tortures of the damned in Inferno, Dante resumes his allegory of the soul's journey to God with Purgatorio. A place of pain but also hope, Purgatory allows its suffering souls to reflect upon their sins and to work toward their moral improvement, paving the way for their eventual entry to Paradiso.Dante transformed the traditional notion of Purgatory by depicting how aspiring souls could undergo moral change, exchanging their human frailty for divine perfection. His exploration of theological issues, especially the role of free will, offers an eloquent and inspiring parable of human possibility and redemption. This edition features the renowned translation by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and serves as a companion volume to the Dover editions of Inferno and Paradiso.
Par Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dante Alighieri. 2017
This convenient single-volume edition contains all three parts of Dante's 14th-century poem ― Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso ― in an… acclaimed translation by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Combining classical and Christian history as well as medieval politics and religion, this trilogy of sublime verse is among Western civilization's most important artistic works and essential reading for students of literature and history. Dante's allegory of the soul's journey to God begins with Inferno, in which the narrator traverses the underworld in the company of the ancient Roman poet Virgil. As they travel through the nine circles of Hell, the poets encounter historical and mythological figures suffering symbolic punishments for their earthly crimes. In Purgatorio, Dante continues on alone through the realm of redemption, where departed souls reflect upon their sins and work toward their moral improvement. The tale culminates in Paradiso, where the divine Beatrice guides Dante in the final stage of his intellectual journey from doubt to faith.
Par Frank Morrison, Monica Clark-Robinson. 2018
I couldn't play on the same playground as the white kids. I couldn't go to their schools. I couldn't drink… from their water fountains. There were so many things I couldn't do.In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. They protested the laws that kept black people separate from white people. Facing fear, hate, and danger, these children used their voices to change the world. Frank Morrison's emotive oil-on-canvas paintings bring this historical event to life, while Monica Clark-Robinson's moving and poetic words document this remarkable time.
Par George Ella Lyon, J. Patrick Lewis. 2014
The powerful poems in this poignant collection weave together multiple voices to tell the story of the March on Washington,… DC, in 1963. From the woman singing through a terrifying bus ride to DC, to the teenager who came partly because his father told him, "Don't you dare go to that march," to the young child riding above the crowd on her father's shoulders, each voice brings a unique perspective to this tale. <P><P> As the characters tell their personal stories of this historic day, their chorus plunges readers into the experience of being at the march--walking shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers, hearing Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech, heading home inspired.
Par Les Murray. 1999
A riveting, beautiful novel in verse by Australia's greatest contemporary poet, winner of the 1996 T. S. Eliot Prize. I… never learned the old top ropes, I was always in steam. Less capstan, less climbing, more re-stowing cargo. Which could be hard and slow as farming- but to say Why this is Valparaiso! Or: I'm in Singapore and know my way about takes a long time to get stale. -from Book I, "The Middle Sea" When German-Australian sailor Friedrich "Fredy" Boettcher is shanghaied aboard a German Navy battleship at the outbreak of World War I, the sight of frenzied mobs burning Armenian women to death in Turkey causes him, through moral shock, to lose his sense of touch. This mysterious disability, which he knows he must hide, is both protection and curse, as he orbits the high horror and low humor of a catastrophic age. Told in a blue-collar English that regains freshness by eschewing the mind-set of literary language, Fredy's picaresque life - as, perhaps, the only Nordic Superman ever - is deep-dyed in layers of irony and attains a mind-inverting resolution.
Par Carlos Fuentes. 2016
Un fulgurante bestseller mexicano en Estados Unidos, Gringo viejo (1985) es una de las novelas más famosas de Carlos Fuentes,… figura central de la narrativa y la ensayística mexicana.En Gringo viejo, Fuentes plasma los turbulentos años de la lucha revolucionaria en México, cuando un viejo escritor norteamericano escéptico, insalvablemente amargo, que no se resigna a esperar la muerte por enfermedad o por accidente, decide cruzar la frontera de su país en busca de una muerte digna.En 1913, el escritor norteamericano Ambrose Bierce se despidió de sus amigos con una carta en la que se declaraba viejo y cansado. Quería morir y elegir cómo. La enfermedad y el accidente le parecían indignos; en cambio, ser ajusticiado ante un paredón mexicano...En el mes de noviembre cruzó la frontera hacia México, que estaba en plena revolución, y no se volvió a saber de él. La Enciclopedia Británica aventura que pudo ser asesinado en el sitio de Ojinaga (enero de 1914), pues un documento de la época consigna la muerte en esta batalla de un "gringo viejo".
Par Juan Felipe Herrera. 2005
From U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera comes the story of one teen's emotional journey in the days after 9/11,… and a personal look at the culture of Loisaida, the Lower East Side of Manhattan. <P><P>This emotional and stirring novel won the Américas Award and is written in a unique and arresting style. <P><P>When the Twin Towers fell, New York City was blanketed by dust. On the Lower East Side, Yolanda, the cinnamon girl, makes her manda, her promise. She vows to gather as much of the dust as she can. <P><P>Maybe if she can return it to Ground Zero, she can comfort all the voices. Maybe that will help Uncle DJ open his eyes again. As tragedies from her past mix in the air of an unthinkable present, Yolanda searches for hope. Maybe it's buried somewhere in the silvery dust of Alphabet City.
Par Anonymous. 2005
<P>The story of one man's triumph over a legendary monster, Beowulf marks the beginning of Anglo-Saxon literature as we know… it today. <P>This Enriched Classic includes: <br>• A concise introduction that gives readers important background information <br>• A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context <br>• An outline of key themes and plot points to help readers form their own interpretations <br>• Detailed explanatory notes <br>• Critical analysis and modern perspectives on the work <br>• Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction <br>• <P>A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. <P>The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential. Series edited by Cynthia Brantley Johnson
Par Stephanie Hemphill. 2019
The Language of Fire is a lyrical, dark, and moving look at the life of Joan of Arc, who as… a teen girl in the fifteenth century commanded an army and helped crown a king of France. This extraordinary verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill dares to imagine how an ordinary girl became a great leader, and ultimately saved a nation.Jehanne was an illiterate peasant, never quite at home among her siblings and peers. Until one day, she hears a voice call to her, telling her she is destined for important things. She begins to understand that she has been called by God, chosen for a higher purpose—to save France. Through sheer determination and incredible courage, Jehanne becomes the unlikeliest of heroes. She runs away from home, dresses in men’s clothes, and convinces an army that she will lead France to victory.As a girl in a man’s world, at a time when women truly had no power, Jehanne faced constant threats and violence from the men around her. Despite the impossible odds, Jehanne became a fearless warrior who has inspired generations.
Par David Elliott. 2019
Bestselling author David Elliott explores how Joan of Arc changed the course of history and remains a figure of fascination… centuries after her extraordinary life and death. Joan of Arc gets the Hamilton treatment in this evocative novel. Told through medieval poetic forms and in the voices of the people and objects in Joan of Arc’s life, (including her family and even the trees, clothes, cows, and candles of her childhood), Voices offers an unforgettable perspective on an extraordinary young woman. Along the way it explores timely issues such as gender, misogyny, and the peril of speaking truth to power. Before Joan of Arc became a saint, she was a girl inspired. It is that girl we come to know in Voices.
Par Jean Toomer. 1975
&“Cane . . . exerted a powerful influence over the Harlem Renaissance&”—The New York TimesCane is a collection of short… stories, poems, and dramas, written by Harlem Renaissance author Jean Toomer in 1923. The stories focus around African-American culture in both the North and the South during times when racism and Jim Crow laws still abounded. Vignettes of the lives of various African-American characters tell what it was like to live both in the rural areas of Georgia and the urban streets of the northern cities. The book was heralded as an influential part of the Harlem Renaissance and, at the time, influenced artists of every background. Authors, dramatists, and even jazz musicians could find influence and inspiration in the pages of Cane&’s work. Both Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes themselves visited Sparta, Georgia, after reading Toomer&’s work. Unfortunately, the white public did not react well to Cane, and the sales dropped. The book did not become revered as the classic work it is today until the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Now you can read this new edition of what is considered one of the best works of the Harlem Renaissance.
Par Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dante Alighieri. 2003
Enter the unforgettable world of The Inferno and travel with a pair of poets through nightmare landscapes of eternal damnation… to the very core of Hell. The first of the three major canticles in La divina commedia (The Divine Comedy), this fourteenth-century allegorical poem begins Dante's imaginary journey from Hell to Purgatory to Paradise. His encounters with historical and mythological creatures--each symbolic of a particular vice or crime--blend vivid and shocking imagery with graceful lyricism in one of the monumental works of world literature.This acclaimed translation was rendered by the beloved nineteenth-century poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. A skilled linguist who taught modern languages at Harvard, Longfellow was among the first to make Dante’s visionary poem accessible to American readers.
Par Anonymous, Burton Raffel, Roberta Frank. 1963
Beowulf is the earliest extant poem in a modern European language reflecting a feudal, newly Christian world of heroes and… monsters, blood and victory, life and death. Its beauty, power, and artistry have kept it alive for more than thirteen centuries.