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  • Sex-Magic-Poetry-Cornwall: A Flood of Poems
  • Peter Redgrove: Here Comes the Flood
  • Brigitte's Blue Heart
  • Claudia Schiffer's Red Shoes
  • By-Blows: Uncollected Poems
  • Lawrence Durrell: Between Love and Death, Between East and West
  • Love, Culture and Poetry: A Study of Lawrence Durrell
  • Samuel Beckett Goes Into the Silence
  • In the Dim Void: Samuel Beckett's Late Trilogy
  • Blinded By Her Light: The Love-Poetry of Robert Graves
  • Emily Bronte: Poems
  • Thomas Hardy: Selected Poems
  • Sexing Hardy: Thomas Hardy and Feminism
  • Love and Tragedy: A Study of Thomas Hardy
  • Thomas Hardy and John Cowper Powys: Wessex Revisited
  • D.H. Lawrence: Selected Poems
  • D.H. Lawrence: Twilight In Italy
  • The Passion of D.H.Lawrence
  • D.H. Lawrence: Symbolic Landscapes
  • Shelley: Poems by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • John Keats: Selected Poems
  • John KeatsL Poems of 1820
  • Henry Vaughan: Poems
  • John Donne: Poems
  • Robert Herrick: Selected Poems
  • Edmund Spenser: Poems
  • Edmund Spenser: Amoretti
  • William Shakespeare: Selected Sonnets & Verse
  • William Shakespeare: The Sonnets
  • William Shakespeare: Complete Poems
  • Shakespeare: Love, Poetry and Magic in Shakespeare's Sonnets and Plays
  • Feminism and Shakespeare
  • Elizabethan Sonnet Cycles
  • Michael Drayton: Idea
  • Sir Philip Sidney: Astrophel and Stella
  • Henry Constable: Diana
  • Samuel Daniel: Delia
  • The Crescent Moon Book of Nature Poetry
  • The Crescent Moon Book of Love Poetry
  • The Crescent Moon Book of Mystical Poetry in English
  • The Crescent Moon Book of Metaphysical Poetry
  • The Crescent Moon Book of Elizabethan Love Poetry
  • The Crescent Moon Book of Romantic Poetry
  • Poetic Forms: A Handbook of Stanza-forms from the History of Poetry
  • Gorgeous Little Orpheus
  • Radiance: New Poems

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    Sex-Magic-Poetry-Cornwall

    A Flood of Poems


    ...

    by Peter Redgrove
    edited with an essay by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A marvellous collection of poems by one of Britain's best but underrated poets, Peter Redgrove, who died in 2003. This book brings together some of Redgrove's wildest and most passionate works, creating a 'flood' of poetry. Philip Hobsbaum called Redgrove 'the great poet of our time', while Angela Carter said: 'Redgrove's language can light up a page.' Redgrove ranks alongside Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. He is in every way a 'major poet'. Robinson's essay analyzes all of Redgrove's poetic work, including his use of sex magic, natural science, menstruation, psychology, myth, alchemy and feminism.

    This new edition has been completey rewritten, with many new poems added.

    'Robinson's enthusiasm is winning, and his perceptive readings are supported by a very useful bibliography' (Acumen magazine)

    'Sex-Magic-Poetry-Cornwall is a very rich essay... It is like a brightly-lighted box. (Peter Redgrove)

    'This is an excellent selection of poetry and an extensive essay on the themes and theories of this unusual poet by Jeremy Robinson' (Chapman magazine)
     
     

    PBK   ISBN 971861712950    £14.99 / $22.99
     

    British Poets Series  320pp
     

    MARRIAGE CONTINUED

    I wake up in your body. The talking
    Bed, the mountains like a fleecy
    Breath, the sky queerly lustred

    By an indistinct sun. I wake up
    Inside you, as it is the marriage today.
    We must withdraw, and dress.
     

    (Peter Redgrove, from 'Marriage Continued')


     



     
     


    Peter Redgrove

    Here Comes the Flood

    (new edition)


    ...

    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Poems of honey, wasps and bees; orchards and apples; rivers, seas and tides; storms, rain, weather and clouds; waterworks; labyrinths; amazing perfumes; wet shirts and 'wonder-awakening dresses'; the Cornish landscape (Penzance, Perranporth, Falmouth, Boscastle, the Lizard and Scilly Isles); the sixth sense and 'extra-sensuous perception'; witchcraft; alchemical vessels and laboratories; yoga; menstruation; mines, minerals and stones; sand dunes; mud-baths; mythology; dreaming; vulvas; and lots of sex magic.

    This book looks at poetry (and prose) from every stage of Peter Redgrove's career, and every book. It includes pieces that have only appeared in small presses and magazines, and in uncollected form.

    This new edition has been rewritten completely and includes a new introduction and bibliography.
     Illustrated. British Poets Series.
     

    'Peter Redgrove is really an extraordinary poet' (George Szirtes, Quarto magazine)

    'Peter Redgrove is one of the few significant poets now writing...His 'means' are indeed brilliant and delightful. Technically he is a poet essentially of brilliant and unexpected images...he never disappoints' (Kathleen Raine, Temenos magazine).
     
     

    Bibliography, notes, index   230pp    ISBN 9781861712943    £14.99 / $22.99
     
     


    Brigitte's Blue Heart


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    by Jeremy Reed

    New poems from the acclaimed British writer. Jeremy Reed's many poetry books include Saints and Psychotics (1979), By the Fisheries (1984), Nero (1985), Selected Poems (1987), Dicing for Pearls (1990),  Nineties (1990) and Kicks (1995). Reed's books on poets include studies of Rimbaud (Delirium: An Interpretation of Rimbaud), Rilke, Hopkins, Madness: The Price of Poetry and Angels, Divas and Blacklisted Heroes (1999). Reed has translated Novalis's Hymns of the Night and Montale. His novels include The Lipstick Boys (1984), Blue Rock (1987), Isidore (about Lautréamont), When the Whip Comes Down (on the Marquis de Sade), and Chasing Black Rainbows (1994, a fictionalized account of Antonin Artaud). His biographies include Lou Reed, Brian Jones: The Last Decadent (1999), Scott Walker: Another Tear Falls (2001) and Marc Almond (1999). Other books include: St. Billie (2001), Sister Midnight (1997), Heartbreak Hotel  (2002), The Purple Room (2000), Dorian (1997), Inhabiting Shadows (1990), Diamond Nebula (1994), Black Sugar (1992), Escaped Image (1988) and Red Hot Lipstick (1996), The Pleasure Chateau Omnibus (2000), Pop Stars (1994), Trucks in Camera: Bedford(1996). Reed has won an Eric Gregory Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the National Poetry Competition.
     

    'Reed proclaims his poet's calling through fine writing and lush imagery' (The Independent on Sunday)

    'Reed is a poet of rich and subversive imagery' (The Times)

    'The most beautiful gorgeous outrageously brilliant poetry in the universe' (Björk)


     
     

    British Poets Series   60 pages  2nd edition   ISBN 1-86171-177-8    £7.99 / $11.99
     
     
     

    HYACINTHS

    The whorled ribcase
    a smoky scent that bites at memory
    so tangy that it turns the head
    of an old love affair, small mouth

    redly printed across my neck,
    blond hair blown out of a French film.
    Two blue, a pink, a pristine white,
    topheavy coiffures in a bowl

    (Jeremy Reed, from 'Hyacinth')
     
     
     

     To read more of Jeremy Reed's poetry, click here
     



     

    Claudia Schiffer's Red Shoes


    ...

    by Jeremy Reed

    Sex, jazz, glam icons, green crochet bikinis, Gossard wonderbras, white nights and blueblack seas - the usual colourful, sensual Jeremy Reed imagery in this brand new collection. Jeremy Reed's many poetry books include Saints and Psychotics (1979), By the Fisheries (1984), Nero (1985), Selected Poems (1987), Dicing for Pearls (1990),  Nineties (1990) and Kicks (1995). Reed's books on poets include studies of Rimbaud (Delirium: An Interpretation of Rimbaud), Rilke, Hopkins, Madness: The Price of Poetry and Angels, Divas and Blacklisted Heroes (1999). Reed has translated Novalis's Hymns of the Night and Montale. His novels include The Lipstick Boys (1984), Blue Rock (1987), Isidore (about Lautréamont), When the Whip Comes Down (on the Marquis de Sade), and Chasing Black Rainbows (1994, a fictionalized account of Antonin Artaud). His biographies include Lou Reed, Brian Jones: The Last Decadent (1999), Scott Walker: Another Tear Falls (2001) and Marc Almond (1999). Other books include: St. Billie (2001), Sister Midnight (1997), Heartbreak Hotel  (2002), The Purple Room (2000), Dorian (1997), Inhabiting Shadows (1990), Diamond Nebula (1994), Black Sugar (1992), Escaped Image (1988) and Red Hot Lipstick (1996), The Pleasure Chateau Omnibus (2000), Pop Stars (1994), Trucks in Camera: Bedford (1996). Reed has won an Eric Gregory Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the National Poetry Competition.
     

    'Remarkably talented' (J.G. Ballard)

    'One of the most original virtuoso voices to be heard in the poetry of our fin de siecle' (Lawrence Ferlingetti)


     

    British Poets Series   60 pages  2nd edition   ISBN 1-86171-149-2    £7.99 / $11.99
     
     
     

    GREEN CROCHET BIKINI

    The holes are burnt into my nerve linings -
    the gaps, emissions, show up on the tape
    fed into the pilot's black box
    only to be replayed at death. I stand
    under high trees, your hair dye in my coat,
    a poppy coloured henna compacted
    into a foil sachet. Identity.
    Tomorrow, you'll be the anemone
    on a thin stem I've waited for. Scarlet.

    (Jeremy Reed)
     

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    By-Blows: Uncollected Poems


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    by D.J. Enright

    New poems from the British author of numerous books. His recent poetry volumes include Under the Circumstances (Oxford University Press, 1991) and Old Men and Comets (OUP, 1993). His memoirs, Interplay and Play Resumed, appeared in 1995 and 1999. He received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1981. Of Enright's 1987 Collected Poems (OUP) Gavin Ewart wrote in The Observer: 'Anybody at all interested in English poetry should read this book. It has in it the best autobiographic sequence written this century... It also contains... some of the wittiest and wryest comment on the modern world to be written in our time'
     
     

    British Poets Series  64pp  ISBN 1861711506    £7.99 / $11.99
     
     
     

    SADNESS OF CARS

    One after another, cries of alarm
    Arise from the parked motors.
    Abandoned by mummies and daddies
    They are hungry and thirsty.
    They have a pain in their innards.
    They need to go to the garage.
    They would like to visit the seaside.

    (D.J. Enright, from 'Sadness of Cars')
     

            To read more of D.J. Enright's poetry, click here
     
     



     
     

    Lawrence Durrell

    Between Love and Death, East and West, Sex and Metaphysics

    (new edition)


    ...

    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A new critical survey of the novelist Lawrence Durrell  (1912-1990). The author studies in detail all of Durrell's work; the late series of novels The Avignon Quintet, the Tunc and Nunquamnovels, the travel books, the Antrobus diplomatic sketches, the letters, the poetry, and the books that made Durrell's name in the late 1950s, The Alexandria Quartet. Robinson discusses Durrell's creative friendships with Henry Miller especially, and also Anais Nin, Richard Aldington and others. The inter-related themes of love, art and death form the core of all Durrell's work. Durrell emerges as a major writer, who developed the literary modernism of Proust, Eliot and Joyce and fused it with Oriental philosophy. Still critically neglected, this study offers a much-needed new appraisal of Durrell.

    Jeremy Mark Robinson's books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Arthur Rimbaud (1992), and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).
     
     

    Bibliography, notes  290pp  ISBN 1-86171-066-6    £14.99 / $22.99
     

    For an extract from this book about Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller, click here

    D.H. Lawrence and Lawrence Durrell

    Alexendria Revisited: Durrell, Cavafy, Keeley and Others
     
     

    So today, after many years, we meet
    at this high window overlooking
    the best of Italy, smiling under rain,
    that rattles down the leaves like sparrow-shot,
    scatters the reapers, the sunburnt girls,
    rises in the sour dust of this table,
    these books, unfinished letters - all
    refreshed again in you O spirit of place,
    Presence long since divined, delayed, and waited for,
    And here met face to face.

    (Lawrence Durrell, from Deus Loci')



     

    Love, Culture and Poetry

    A Study of Lawrence Durrell


    ...

    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    An expanded version of the essay that appeared in the recent collection of essays on Durrell's art, published by UMI Research Press, Michigan. Focuses on Tunc and Nunquam, and Durrell's exotic fusion of psychology and Gnosticism, culture and architecture, humour and insight, anecdote and poeticizing.
     
     

    20pp  ISBN 1-871846-60-9  £3.99 / $6.00
     
     



    Samuel Beckett Goes Into the Silence


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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Samuel Beckett's art is much debated in critical circles: this book sets out to discover why. Beckett's sense of poetry and language and its relation to creativity and culture is central to his art. All the major fiction and plays are studied, including the Unnamable trilogy, Waiting For Godot, Endgame, How It Is, the short prose pieces of the 1960s and 70s, and the late plays and texts. Other chapters discuss the collaboration with Billie Whitelaw; Beckett's æsthetics of theatre; his relation to philosophers such as Sartre and Heidegger; and his use of silence.

    Jeremy Mark Robinson's books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Arthur Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).
     
     

    Bibliography, notes  121pp  ISBN 1-871846-41-2  £14.99 / $22.99
     



     
     

    In the Dim Void

    Samuel Beckett's Late Trilogy: Company, Ill Seen, Ill Said and Worstward Ho

    (New edition)


    ...

    by Gregory Johns

    This book discusses the luminous beauty and dense, rigorous poetry of Beckett's late works, Company, Ill Seen, Ill Said and Worstward Ho. Johns looks back over Beckett's long writing career, charting the development from the Molloy-Malone Dies-Unnamable trilogy through the 'fizzles' of the 1960s to the elegiac lyricism of the Company series. Johns compares the trilogy with late plays such as Ghosts, Footfalls and Rockaby.

    AUTHOR’S NOTE: The late trilogy of short prose works, the Nohow or Company trilogy, is a beautiful, lyrical work from Samuel Beckett, which I have explored in I hope is an informative and insightful manner. I have revised the text throughout, and have also brought the bibliography and references up-to-date.

    Gregory Johns taught English at the University of Iowa until his return to England in 1987. His articles have appeared in many leading journals. His books include critical studies of Thomas Pynchon, Raymond Carver and Paul Verlaine. He lives in Cornwall.

    This new edition has been completely revised.
    Includes photographs of Samuel Beckett and his plays, and a bibliography.

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations.   132pp

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    From where she lies she sees Venus rise. On. From where she lies when the skies are clear she sees Venus rise followed by the sun. Then she rails at the source of all life. On. At evening when the skies are clear she savours its star's revenge. At the other window. Rigid upright on her old chair she watches for the radiant one. Her old deal spindlebacked kitchen chair. It emerges from out the last rays and sinking ever brighter is engulfed in its turn. On. She sits on erect and rigid in the deepening gloom.

    (Samuel Beckett, from Ill Seen Ill Said)



     

    Blinded By Her Light

    The Love-Poetry of Robert Graves


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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Robert Graves, who died in 1985, is one of Britain''s best love-poets, though he was first known as a war poet and author of Goodbye to All That and later the I, Claudius novels. This book focuses on his highly individual love-poetry, which is marked by lucidity, passion and freshness. The author relates the poetry to the central Gravesian concerns of the White Goddess; the magical landscapes; the role of the true, dedicated poet; the concept of Muse-poetry; his relations with Laura Riding; the Single Poetic Theme of the Goddess and Her consort, the dying god; and the mythological surveys, in particular The White Goddess and The Greek Myths. Throughout the book Graves is set alongside the erotic poetry traditions of ancient Greece and Rome, Sufism, courtly love, Elizabethan and Romantic poetry. His poetic oeuvre is compared with Petrarch's Rime Sparse and Shakespeare's Sonnets, as well as the English poetic tradition: Skelton, Donne, Keats, Hardy, Eliot and Yeats. The author also discusses Graves'' associations with symbolism, witchcraft, mythology, folklore and psychology. All the major poems are featured in this important contribution to Graves studies. This is the only study of the whole of Graves'' late love-poetry available.

    Jeremy Mark Robinson's books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Arthur Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).
     
     

    Bibliography, notes  161pp  ISBN 1-871846-11-0  £14.99 / $22.99
     

    Desire, first, by a natural miracle
    United bodies, united hearts, blazed beauty;
    Transcended bodies, transcended hearts.

    Two souls, now unalterably one
    In whole love always and for ever,

    Soar out of twilight, through upper air,
    Let fall their sensuous burden.

    Is it kind, though, is it honest even,
    To consort with none but spirits -
    Leaving true-wedded hearts like ours
    In enforced night-long separation,
    Each to its random bodily inclination,
    The thread of miracle snapped?

    (Robert Graves, 'The Snapped Thread')


     


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    Emily Brontë:

    Darkness and Glory: Selected Poems


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    selected and introduced by Teresa Page

    This book collects together Emily Bronte's finest poems. 'Alone I sat; the summer day', 'High waving heather'', 'O Dream, where art thou now?'', 'Shall earth no more inspire thee' and 'No coward soul is mine'' are among the heartfelt poems in this new collection.
    Emily Brontë as a poet is still neglected today. Her novel Wuthering Heights, however, remains one of the great English novels. It continues to sell, continues to be adapted for radio, theatre, film and television, continues to inspire readers and be cited by critics.
    Wuthering Heights has entered British culture as both a serious work in academic circles and a series of cliches in popular culture. For scholars, Wuthering Heights is a superbly crafted and atmospheric piece of fiction which takes its place beside the great works of the 19th century (Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Middlemarch, Great Expectations, Pride and Prejudice). For feminists, Emily Bronte has been appropriated as a proto-feminist, working largely in isolation in patriarchal Yorkshire, away from the metropolitan centres of culture, yet producing fiery fiction and poetry. For the general reader, Wuthering Heights is a fabulously moody, passionate and romantic book, with a powerful sense of pace, fully rounded characters and a thrill of mystery about it.
     
     

    British Poets Series   ISBN  1861711794  108pp     £7.99 / $11.99
     
     

    The wind, I hear it sighing
    With Autumn's saddest sound;
    Withered leaves as thick are lying
    As spring-flowers on the ground -

    (Emily Brontë, from "The wind, I hear it sighing")


     
     



     
     

    Thomas Hardy:

    Her Haunting Ground: Selected Poems


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    edited, with an introduction by A.H. Ninham

    Many of Thomas Hardy's best poems are collected here, including 'The Darkling Thrush', 'In Tenebris', 'Wessex Heights' and 'Afterwards'. This selection includes many of Hardy's most poignant love poems, such as 'The Recalcitrants', 'The Picnic' and 'He Prefers Her Earthly'.

    Thomas Hardy's poetry lies at the core of his artistic achievement. Or he would like to think so. It is the novels, in particular Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Far From the Madding Crowd, Jude the Obscure, The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Woodlanders and The Return of the Native that have made Hardy popular with readers and critics. For Hardy, though, the poetry is at the heart of his artistic life. It contains his deepest emotions, his thoughts on the most intimate matters. The poetry is, as Robert Graves said, a 'spiritual autobiography'.
    Thomas Hardy's poetry is sensual, physical, concise, lyrical, and personal. It is seemingly 'plain' and unadorned, yet it is full of an arcane vocabulary - 'tangled bine-stems' appear in 'The Darkling Thrush', for instance. Hardy loves the obscure word, some of them being culled from Dorset folklore and legend. He was also complex in his use of stanza forms. As W.H. Auden wrote: 'no English poet, not even Donne or Browning, employed so many and so complicated stanza forms'.
     
     

    British Poets Series     Bibliography, notes   ISBN 1861711433   112pp     £7.99/ $11.99

     
    Here is the ancient floor,
    Footworn and hollowed and thin,
    Here was the former door
    Where the dead feet walked in.

    (Thomas Hardy, from 'The Self-Unseeing')

           Click here for more poetry by Thomas Hardy
     
     



    Sexing Hardy

    Thomas Hardy and Feminism

    (new edition)


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    by Margaret Elvy

    There are surprisingly few feminist analyses of Hardy, and most do not get beyond vague notions of sexism and misogynism, in the Kate Millett manner. Elvy's book, however, uses up-to-date research in the fields of cultural studies, feminist poetics, gay, lesbian and queer theory. This new, postmodern and incisive exploration of Hardy offers an exciting and radical reappraisal of the discourses of gender, desire, class, economy, socialization, identity and patriarchy in his fiction and poetry.

    Margaret Elvy recently taught at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. She has written books on George Eliot, Margaret Atwood and Toni Morrison. She has three books on Thomas Hardy from Crescent Moon (Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Sexing Hardy: Thomas Hardy and Feminism).
     

    This new edition includes a new introduction and a new bibliography.
     

    Thomas Hardy Studies     Extensive bibliography and notes  194pp   ISBN 9781861710659    £14.99 / $22.99
     

    "Now, my own, own love," she whispered, "you are mine, and only mine; for she has forgot 'ee at last, although for her you died! but I - whenever I get up I'll think of 'ee, and whenever I lie down I'll think of 'ee again. Whenever I plant the young larches I'll think that none can plant as you planted; and whenever I split a gad, and whenever I turn the cider wring, I'll say none could do it like you. If ever I forget your name let me forget home and heaven!...but no, no, my love, I never can forget 'ee; for you was a good man, and did good things."

    (Thomas Hardy, the ending of The Woodlanders)
     

    To read an extract from Sexing Hardy, click here
     



    Love and Tragedy: A Study of Thomas Hardy


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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    The discourses of societal oppression, sexual repression, love, education, identity, pain and tragedy, myth and religion are Thomas Hardy's main themes. This lucid analysis of Hardy's ethics begins with the major novels and ends with an investigation of Hardy's philosophy. Not a pessimist or a 'negative' thinker, Hardy emerges as a socially committed realist, who saw that much of the pain of life is created by people, not necessarily by 'fate', time, circumstance, luck, chance or the world.

    Jeremy Mark Robinson's books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Arthur Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of America poetry).
     
     

    Thomas Hardy Studies Series    Bibliography, notes, 121pp  ISBN 1-871846-40-4  £14.99 / $22.99
     

     

    Let us off and search, and find a place,
    Where yours and mine can be natural lives,
    Where no one comes, who dissects and dives
    And proclaims that ours is a curious case,
    Which its touch of romance can scarcely grace.

    (Thomas Hardy, from 'The Recalcitrants')
     
     



     
     

    Thomas Hardy and John Cowper Powys: Wessex Revisited


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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Both Hardy and Powys created a poetic Wessex landscape. Hardy's Wessex has entered popular folklore and myth, and is used in the promotion of holidays, walks, tours, museums, hotels, even town councils. John Cowper Powys's Wessex, in A Glastonbury Romance and Weymouth Sands, among other novels, is less well-known: a place of secret corners, mossy walls, ancient earthworks, Somerset wetlands and ferny hollows. Both writers are discussed thematically for their sense of nature, mythology, philosophy, painting, sensualism, labour, folklore and the family. D.H.Lawrence is referenced throughout as a bridge between Hardy and Powys. Finally Robinson considers the film versions of Hardy's novels. This is a valuable addition to the criticism of Hardy and Powys.

    Jeremy Mark Robinson's books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Arthur Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).
     
     

    Thomas Hardy Studies Series    Bibliography, notes, index and illustrations   276pp.  ISBN 1861711239   £20.00 / $40.00
     

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    D.H. Lawrence:

    Being Alive: Selected Poems


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    edited with an introduction by Margaret Elvy

    D.H. Lawrence's strident and idiosyncratic evocations of sex, touch, Spring, flowers, nature, love, black suns, fish and other glories are gathered here in this new selection.

    D.H. Lawrence's poetry is far less known than his fiction. It is often loose, rather than fluid, and unstructured rather than 'free' verse, and messy rather than well-defined. It is a poetry, as Lawrence stresses, of the moment, a poetry in the process of becoming, constantly dissolving.
    Lawrence covers a surprisingly wide range of subjects in his poesie - far wider than, say, Robert Graves or Thomas Hardy or John Keats. Among poets, there is no one quite like him. Like every poet, he has his pet notions, and keeps hacking away at them: the river of blood of the Sons and Lovers era, the 'democracy of touch' from Lady Chatterley's Lover, the Christological machismo of The Plumed Serpent lyrics, the hatred of labour, the love of all things Mediterranean, and the primacy of the body.
     
     

    British Poets Series Bibliography, notes  ISBN 1861711441    108pp     £7.99 / $11.99
     

    Glory is of the sun, too, and the sun of suns,
    and down the shafts of his splendid pinions
    run tiny rivers of peace.

    Most of his time, the tiger pads and slouches in a burning peace.
    And the small hawk high up turns round on the slow pivot of peace.
    Peace comes from behind the sun, with the peregrine falcon, and the owl.
    Yet all of these drink blood.

    (D.H. Lawrence, 'Glory')
     
     

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    D.H. Lawrence: Twilight In Italy


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    by D.H. Lawrence

    A new edition of the travel book that D.H. Lawrence wrote about his travels in Germany, Italy and the Alps. Twilight In Italy is one of Lawrence’s most lyrical and upbeat books, an enchanting account of travelling around Europe.

    Illustrated with paintings by J.M.W. Turner.
     

    EXTRACT FROM THE PASSAGE WHERE LAWRENCE IS AT LAKE GARDA

    I went into the church. It was very dark, and impregnated with centuries of incense. It affected me like the lair of some creature. My senses were roused, they sprang awake in the spiced darkness. My skin was expectant, as if it expected some contact, some embrace, as if it were aware of the contiguity of the physical world, the physical contact with the darkness and the heavy, suggestive substance of the enclosure. It was a thick, fierce darkness of the senses. But my soul shrank.

    I went out again. The pavemented threshold was clear as a jewel, the marvellous clarity of sunshine that becomes blue in the height seemed to distil me into Across, the heavy mountain crouched along the side of the lake, the upper half brilliantly white, belonging to the sky, the lower half dark and grim. So, then, that is where heaven and earth are divided. From behind me, on the left, the headland swept down out of a great, pale-grey, arid height, through a rush of russet and crimson, to the olive smoke and the water of the level earth. And between, like a blade of the sky cleaving the earth asunder, went the pale-blue lake, cleaving mountain from mountain with the triumph of the sky.
     
     
     

    Bibliography    220p   ISBN 9781861712752   £11.99 / $17.99
     
     


    The Passion of D.H. Lawrence


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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    This book explores why the fiction of D.H. Lawrence continues to fascinate critics and delight readers. With television and film adaptions being churned out (notably by Ken Russell), biographies and feminist tracts being written, and pious chattering in the media about the Lady Chatterley trial, D.H. Lawrence's work remains as topical as ever.

    Jeremy Mark Robinson's books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Arthur Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of America poetry).
     
     

    With notes and bibliography. 140pp  ISBN 1-871846-36-6  £14.99 / $22.99
     

    She was in revolt. For once, she was free, she could get somewhere. Ah, the wonderful, real somewhere that was beyond her, the somewhere she felt deep, deep inside her.

    (D.H. Lawrence, from The Rainbow)


     
     



     
     

    D.H. Lawrence: Symbolic Landscapes


    ...

    by Jane Foster

    This book analyzes the rich discourses of mythology, symbolism, form, eroticism and landscape in D.H.Lawrence's fiction. Foster traces Lawrence's symbols (tigers, suns, fish, peacocks) in many of the short stories, as well as the major novels. 'Spirit of place' was always important for Lawrence, and Foster's study investigates how Lawrence's concept of place informed his fiction, poetry and travel books.
     
     

    Bibliography, notes, and illustrations   140pp.  ISBN 1861711476   £14.99 / $22.99
     

    The things one cares about are all inside, like seeds in the ground in winter. But one has to attend to the things one only half cares about. And so life passes away. I expect it is always so, in the winter of our discontent, when the outside is mostly rather horrid and out of connection with the something that struggles inside. Luckily the inside thing corresponds with the inside thing in just a few people.

    (D.H. Lawrence, letter, March, 1928)



     
     


    Percy Bysshe Shelley:

    Paradise of Golden Lights: Selected Poems


    ...

    selected and introduced by Charlotte Greene

    A selection of the odes, hymns and pæans of England's breathless, angelic, anarchic poet. Famous poems, such as 'Ode to the West Wind' and 'The Cloud', are set beside extracts from Prometheus Unbound and Epipsychidion.

    Percy Shelley is one of the major British poets, seen by many people as the breathless, hyperlyrical, angelic yet anarchic poet of the Romantic era, out-doing Lord Byron and John Keats in terms of sheer brilliance. His personality, as with Keats and Byron, is a crucial component in the Shelley legend. For Shelley has a cult built up around him, and his life is so much more colourful than, say, Thomas Hardy's or Philip Larkin's lives.

    British Poets Series  Bibliography, notes    ISBN 1861711808    108pp     £7.99 / $11.99
     

    Thou on whose stream, mid the steep sky’s commotion,
    Loose clouds like earth’s decaying leaves are shed,
    Shook from the tangled boughs of Heaven and Ocean,

    Angels of rain and lightning: there are spread
    On the blue surface of thine aëry surge,
    Like the bright hair uplifted from the head

    (Percy Bysshe Shelley, from 'Ode to the Wild West Wind')


     



     
     


    John Keats:

    Bright Star: Selected Poems


    ...

    edited with an introduction by Miriam Chalk

    This book gathers the most potent passages from Keats together, including the famous 'Odes', the sonnets, the luxuriously sensuous 'Eve of St Agnes', the mysterious and atmospheric 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci', and extracts from 'Lamia', Endymion and Hyperion.

    John Keats is one of the few British poets who is truly ecstatic and wild. Keats is known for his ornate language, memorable phrases ('made sweet moan' in 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci'), Romantic indulgences, and a tendency to gush and exaggerate.
    Keats is one of a few poets who write in English in a shamanic manner.
    John Keats reaches the pinnacle of British poetry, as W. Jackson Bate, typical among critics, says: 'the language of his greatest poetry has always held an attraction; for there we reach, if only for a brief while, a high plateau where in mastery of phrase he has few equals in English poetry, and only one obvious superior.'

    This edition has been updated with new poems, new illustrations and a revised text

    Illustrated with portraits and paintings based on John Keats’ poetry. The book has been newly revised.
     

    British Poets Series   136pp   Bibliography, notes, illustrations

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781861713353   £7.99 / $11.99

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    O, for some sunny spell
    To dissipate the shadows of this hell!
    Say they are gone, - with the new dawning light
    Steps forth my lady bright!

    (John Keats, from 'Lines to Fanny')
     


     
     

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    John Keats:

    Poems of 1820


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    Edited with an introduction by Miriam Chalk. Includes notes by M. Robertson.

    This is the book published in 1820 by John Keats (1795-1821). It inclues some famous 'Odes', the luxuriously sensuous 'Eve of St Agnes', and the longer poems 'Lamia' and ‘Hyperion’.
    John Keats is one of the few British poets who is truly ecstatic and wild. Keats is known for his ornate language, memorable phrases ('made sweet moan' in 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci'), Romantic indulgences, and a tendency to gush and exaggerate. Keats is one of a few poets who write in English in a shamanic manner.
     

    British Poets Series.  Illustrated.   Bibliography and notes.  ISBN 9781861713643.   216 pages.   £9.99 / $15.99
     
     



     
     




    Henry Vaughan

    A Great Ring of Pure and Endless Light: Selected Poems


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    selected and introduced by A.H. Ninham

    A cluster of the very best of Henry Vaughan's Metaphysical poems, which are filled with a 'deep, but dazzling darkness'. Lesser known Vaughan works, including some love poems, are collected here beside the famous pieces such as 'The Morning Watch', 'The World' and 'The Night'.
    Henry Vaughan is the Metaphysical poet from the Welsh borders (he was born at Newton-upon-Usk, Breconshire, in 1621). He went up to Oxford, studied law in London, wrote some astounding religious poetry, and died in 1695.

    The book has been newly revised, with new poems added.
     

    British Poets Series  Bibliography, notes    ISBN 1861713414   120pp     £7.99 / $11.99
     

    I saw Eternity the other night
    Like a great Ring of pure and endless light,
        All calm, as it was bright,
    And round beneath it, Time in hours, days, years
        Driven by the spheres
    Like a vast shadow moved, in which the world
        And all her train were hurled;
     

    (Henry Vaughan, from 'The World')


     



     

    John Donne:

    Air and Angels: Selected Poems


    ...

    selected and introduced by A.H. Ninham

    The best of John Donne's sacred and secular poems, including many of the Songs and Sonnets, the Divine Poems and others. Donne's lyrical, Metaphysical fusion of love and religion is explored in this choice of poems, and in Ninham's introduction.
     
     

    British Poets Series  Bibliography, notes    ISBN 1861711255    104pp     £7.99 / $11.99

     
    Go and catch a falling star,
         Get with child a mandrake root,
    Tell me, where all past years are,
         Or who cleft the devil’s foot,
    Teach me to hear mermaids singing,
         Or to keep off envy’s stinging,
                And find
                What wind
    Serves to advance an honest mind.

    (John Donne, 'Go and Catch a Falling Star')


     
     

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    Robert Herrick:

    Delight In Disorder: Selected Poems


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    edited and introduced by M.K. Pace

    A selection of the songs, pæans, epithalamions and lyrics of the great Cavalier poet. Herrick's three beloved subjects (love, nature and religion) are eulogized in beautifully-crafted verses.
    Robert Herrick (1591-1674) was one of the Cavalier poets (other Cavalier poets included Suckling, Carew and Lovelace). He was born in London and lived much of his life in the rough remoteness of a parish in Devonshire. He studied at Cambridge (St John's College and Trinity Hall). His law studies were dropped in 1623, and he was ordained as a deacon and priest in 1624.
    Herrick's major work, Hesperides or The Works Both Humane and Divine of Robert Herrick Esq., was published in 1648. There are some 1130 poems in the first, secular part, Hesperides, and 272 in Noble Numbers, the religious pieces.
     
     

    British Poets Series  Bibliography, notes    ISBN 186171145X   104pp     £7.99 / $11.99
     

     
    I sing of Brooks, of Blossomes, Birds, and Bowers:
    Of April, May, of June, and July-Flowers.
    I sing of May-poles, Hock-carts, Wassails, Wakes,
    Of Bride-grooms, Brides, and of their Bridall-cakes.
    I write of Youth, of Love, and have Accesse
    By these, to sing of cleanly-Wantonnesse.
    I sing of Dewes, of Raines, and piece by piece
    Of Balme, of Oyle, of Spice, and Amber-gris.
    I sing of Times trans-shifting; and I write
    How Roses first came Red, and Lillies White.
    I write of Groves, of Twilights, and I sing
    The Court of Mab, and of the Fairie-King.
    I write of Hell; I sing (and ever shall)
    Of Heaven, and hope to have it after all.

    (Robert Herrick, 'The Argument of His Book')
     


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    Edmund Spenser

    Heavenly Love: Selected Poems


    ...

    selected and introduced by Teresa Page

    Opulent Elizabethan verse, including many of Edmund Spenser's love poems (the Amoretti), the celebratory Epithalamion, extracts from Astrophel and The Shepheardes Calendar, and of course, The Faerie Queene.

    Edmund Spenser created a drama of England in his poetry. The 'dream' occurs throughout his poetry, but finds its most concentrated expression in The Faerie Queene, with its epic treatment of the 'dream of Albion', a myth-making vision of Blighty as the expression of Elizabeth I's magnificence, and vice versa. The Faerie Queene is an astonishing work, by any standards, and it dwarfs, at times, even those other creations of the Renaissance that are so revered by readers and critics - Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, William Shakespeare's plays and Sir Philip Sidney's Astrophel and Stella.
    As with William Shakespeare, Edmujnd Spenser's view of the world was crystallized in his poetry is an expansive, dramatic, encyclopaedic vision. The sheer amount of work by Spenser - the copious letters, 'Complaints', 'Hymns', sonnets, and stanzas in The Faerie Queene - attest to his love of writing.
     

    British Poets Series  Bibliography, notes    ISBN 1861711425   104pp     £7.99 / $11.99
     

    More then most faire, full of the living fire,
     kindled above unto the maker neare:
     no eyes but joyes, in which all powers conspire,
     that to the world naught else be counted deare.

    (Edmund Spenser, from the Amoretti, no. 8)



     

    Edmund Spenser

    Amoretti


    ...

    Edited by Teresa Page

    The Amoretti by Edmund Spenser (c. 1552-99), published in 1595, is one of the great Elizabethan cycles of love poetry. The Amoretti cycle of poems is printed here in full, with each sonnet on its own on a page.
    This is beautiful poetry, poems of love, full of Edmund Spenser's delicate and intricate way with words. The Amoretti are packed of vivid imagery, of the natural world, of the seasons, of suns and moons, of days and nights - this is love poetry at its most refined and intelligent.
     
     

    British Poets Series   Bibliography, notes, illustrations    128pp

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    William Shakespeare

    Selected Sonnets & Verse


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    edited, with an introduction by Mark Tuley

    The very best of the Sonnets, and the richest moments from the plays (King Lear, Macbeth, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, etc). Familiar anthology pieces are counterbalanced with lesser known passages from the plays.
     
     

    British Poets Series  Bibliography, notes  64pp  ISBN 1-898283-10-9    £5.99 / $9.00
     
     

            To read a selection of William Shakespeare's poetry, click here
     
     


    William Shakespeare

    The Sonnets


    ...

    edited by Mark Tuley

    The Sonnets represent the highpoint of love poetry in English: they continue to astonish and delight with the abundance of their word play and the intensity of the erotic feelings they depict. This book prints all of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets and provides a commentary on this narrative of rivalry in love.
     
     
     

    British Poets Series   Bibliography, notes   204pp   ISBN 9781861710437   £7.99 / $11.99
     

    Sonnet no. 116

    Let me not to the marriage of true minds
    Admit impediments: love is not love
    Which alters when it alteration finds,
    Or bends with the remover to remove.
    Oh no! it is an ever-fixed mark
    That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
    It is the star to every wandering bark,
    Whose worth’s unknown although his height be taken.
    Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
    Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
    Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
    But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
         If this be error and upon me prov’d,
         I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.


     



     
     

    William Shakespeare

    Complete Poems


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    edited by Mark Tuley
     

    This book includes all of William Shakespeare's poetry, including the Sonnets, Venus and Adonies, The Rape of Lucrece and The Passionate Pilgrim.
    Each poem is printed on its own on the page, without footnotes and annotations.
    Includes a bibliography of references.
     
     

    British Poets Series  Bibliography, notes  344pp   ISBN 1861711948    £9.99 / $15.99
     


    Shakespeare

    Love, Poetry and Magic in Shakespeare's Sonnets and Plays


    ...

    by B.D. Barnacle

    A refreshing look at the cultural phenomenon that is 'Shakespeare', focussing on the discourses of sexuality, theatre, culture, tragedy, magic, politics and feminism. The Sonnets create much controversy, but Barnacle studies them as poetry first, and uses the Sonnets as a key to all of Shakespeare's texts. The book concludes with an in-depth survey of feminist literary criticism, and how it applies to the central icon of Western literature.

    B.D. Barnacle taught English in Paris until 1980. He now teaches in Oxford. His books include John Donne (1978), The Victorian Novel: Bronte, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy (1984), Shakespeare (Crescent Moon, 1992) and Rilke (Crescent Moon, 1993).
     
     

    Bibliography, notes  145pp  ISBN 1-871846-81-1  £14.99 / $22.99
     



     

    Feminism and Shakespeare


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    by B.D. Barnacle

    A survey of contemporary feminism, and its relation to literature's 'god'. The author employs up-to-date research in gay, lesbian and feminist approaches to the Renaissance world and literary texts.
     
     

    With extended notes 30pp  ISBN 1-898283-01-X   £3.99 / $6.00
     


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    Elizabethan Sonnet Cycles

    Five Major Elizabethan Sonnet Sequences
    by
    Samuel Daniel, Michael Drayton, Sir Philip Sidney, William Shakespeare and Edmund Spenser

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    Edited by Mark Tuley

    This book brings together five of the greatest sonnet cycles in the English language: Sir Philip Sidney's Astrophel and Stella, Samuel Daniel's Delia,  Michael Drayton's Idea, Edmund Spenser's Amoretti,  William Shakespeare's The Sonnets.
    Each sonnet cycle is love poetry, and some of the finest verse in the English language.

    This edition prints each poem cycle on its own, without notes or editorial intrusions. And each poem has a page to itself. It's a useful edition for students.
     
     

    536pp   ISBN 9781861712745   £16.99 / $24.99
     


    Michael Drayton

    Idea

    Elizabethan Sonnet Cycle


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    edited by Mark Tuley

    Michael Drayton’s ‘Idea’ is one of the major Elizabethan sonnet sequences, reprinted here in an attractive new edition.

    ‘Idea’ is a sonnet cycle of love poetry, and some of the finest verse in the English language.
    The book includes a note on Michael Drayton, illustrations, and suggestions for further reading. Each poem has a page to itself. It's a useful edition for students.
    Michael Drayton was born in 1563 in Warwickshire. He worked as a page (for Sir Henry Goodyere, an early patron, and later for Lucy, Countess of Bedford), and esquire (for Sir Walter Aston). As well as poems he wrote plays (1597-1602). He died in 1631 and is buried in Westminster Abbey.
     

    Illustrated. Bibliography and note.   92 pages.

    Pbk  ISBN 9781861711137.    £7.99 / $11.99
     
     



     
     

    Sir Philip Sidney

    Astrophel and Stella

    Elizabethan Sonnet Cycle


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    edited by Mark Tuley

    Sir Philip Sidney’s ‘Astrophel and Stella’ is one of the major Elizabethan sonnet sequences, reprinted here in an attractive new edition.

    ‘Astrophel and Stella’ is a sonnet cycle of love poetry, and some of the finest verse in the English language.
    The book includes a note on Sir Philip Sidney, illustrations, and suggestions for further reading. Each poem has a page to itself. It's a useful edition for students.
    Sir Philip Sidney is one of the most well-known of Elizabethan sonneteers, and a key poet in contributing towards the fashionable success of the genre. Born in 1554 in Penshurst in Kent, Sidney was educated in Oxford (Christ Church) and Shrewsbury. Sidney was an ambassador (to the German Emperor in 1577), and involved in European politics (his European tour was 1572-1575). He was knighted in 1583, and was governor of Flushing in 1585. He died aged 31 in 1586, following wounds sustained in the Battle of Zutphen.
    Sir Philip Sidney’s works include ‘Arcadia’ (1577/ 86), ‘Defence of Poetry’, translations of psalms and du Bartas, sonnets for Penelope Rich (c. 1581), and ‘Astrophel and Stella’.
     

    Illustrated. Bibliography and note.  160 pages.

    Pbk   ISBN 9781861711762.   £7.99 / $11.99
     
     



     
     

    Henry Constable

    Diana

    Elizabethan Sonnet Cycle


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    edited by Mark Tuley

    Henry Constable’s ‘Diana’ is one of the major Elizabethan sonnet sequences, reprinted here in an attractive new edition.

    ‘Diana’ is a sonnet cycle of love poetry, and some of the finest verse in the English language.
    The book includes a note on Henry Constable, illustrations, and suggestions for further reading. Each poem has a page to itself. It's a useful edition for students.
    Henry Constable was born in 1562; he studied at Cambridge (1580); converted to Catholicism around 1590; he worked as a spy in Europe, returning to England in 1603. He died in Liège in 1613 after being arrested in 1604 (after which he lived in poverty), and banished in 1610.
     

    Illustrated. Bibliography and note. . 108 pages.

    Pbk   ISBN 9781861711083   £7.99 / $11.99
     



     

    Samuel Daniel

    Delia

    Elizabethan Sonnet Cycle


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    edited by Mark Tuley

    Samuel Daniel’s ‘Delia’ is one of the major Elizabethan sonnet sequences, reprinted here in an attractive new edition.

    ‘Delia’ is a sonnet cycle of love poetry, and some of the finest verse in the English language.
    The book includes a note on Samuel Daniel, illustrations, and suggestions for further reading. Each poem has a page to itself. It's a useful edition for students.
    Samuel Daniel was born in 1562 in Taunton, Somerset. He was educated at Oxford (Magdalen Hall); he worked as a tutor (to William Herbert), and a court official. His patrons included Fulke Greville and the Earl of Devonshire. He wrote plays as well as poetry (his 1605 ‘Philotas’ tragedy was deemed anti-royal, and sympathetic to the Earl of Essex’s rebellion). He died in 1619.
     

    Illustrated. Bibliography and note.   96 pages.

    Pbk   IISBN 9781861712912.   £7.99 / $11.99
     



     
     

    Sir Thomas Wyatt

    Love For Love: Selected Poems


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    selected and introduced by Louise Cooper

    This is a collection of Wyatt's Petrarchan sonnets, songs, ballads, epigrams and rondeaux. The poems, in meticulously wrought stanzas, are mainly about love: love lost, won, and desired. Wyatt was the first of the great English Renaissance love poets. Wyatt's poetry is too often neglected, beside towering talents such as Spenser, Shakespeare and Marlowe. Poems attributed to Wyatt are also here.
     
     
     
     

    British Poets Series    Bibliography, notes  ISBN 9781861711243   96pp    £10.00 / $16.00
     
     

    My heart I gave thee, not to do it pain;
    But to preserve, it was to thee taken.
    I served thee, not to be forsaken,
    But that I should be rewarded again.

    (Sir Thomas Wyatt, 'My heart I gave thee')
     
     

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    The Crescent Moon Book of Nature Poetry

    From Langland to Lawrence


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    edited by Margaret Elvy

    An anthology of great nature poems, including the Elizabethan pastorals of Spenser, Shakespeare, Raleigh and Drayton, and classics of nature mysticism by Chaucer, Langland, Thomson, Blake and Wordsworth, among others. Famous anthology pieces nestle amongst lesser known poems, including some neglected women poets, and American poets such as Lowell and Dickinson.

    Margaret Elvy is assistant professor, Dept of English, at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. She has written books on George Eliot, Margaret Atwood and Toni Morrison. She has three books on Thomas Hardy from Crescent Moon (Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Sexing Hardy: Thomas Hardy and Feminism).
     
     

    Bibliography, notes   112pp   ISBN 9781861711328   £7.99 / $11.99
     

    Now welcome, somer, with thy sunne softe,
    That hast thes wintres wedres overshake
    And driven away the longe nightes blake!

    Saint Valentin, that art ful hy o-lofte,
    Thus singen amale fowles for thy sake:
     ‘now welcome, somer, with thy sunne softe,
     that hast thes wintres wedres overshake!’

    (Geoffrey Chaucer)
     
     

     For more nature poetry, click here
     
     



     
     

    The Crescent Moon Book of Love Poetry


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    edited by Louise Cooper

    The great love poets collected here include Emily Brontë, Thomas, Hardy, Christina Rossetti, Robert Herrick, Ben Jonson, John Skelton, Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Campion, Sir Philip Sidney, William Shakespeare, Aphra Behn, John Donne, Edmund Spenser, Sir Thomas Wyatt, Anne Bradsheet, John Clare, Emily Dickinson and Queen Elizabeth I.
    There are many famous love poems included here, as well as some lesser-known pieces. The selection ranges from anonymous mediaeval poems to the poets of the modern era such as D.H. Lawrence and Amy Lowell.
     
     

    Bibliography, notes   112pp   ISBN 1861711336     £7.99 / $11.99
     
     
     

    Say over again, and yet once over again,
    That thou dost love me. Though the word repeated
    Should seem 'a cuckoo-song,' as thou dost treat it.
    Remember, never to the hill or plain,
    Valley and wood, without her cuckoo-strain
    Comes the fresh Spring in all her green completed.
    Beloved, I, amid the darkness greeted
    By a doubtful spirit-voice, in that doubt's pain
    Cry... 'Speak once more... thou lovest!' Who can fear
    Too many stars, though each in heaven shall roll, -
    Too many flowers, though each shall crown the year?
    Say thou love me, love me, love me - toll
    The silver iterance! - only minding, Dear,
    To love me also in silence with thy soul.

    (Elizabeth Barrett Browning, from Sonnets From the Portuguese, XXI)
     
     

     For more love poetry, click here
     



     
     

    The Crescent Moon Book of Mystical Poetry in English


    ...

    edited by Carol Appleby
    The mystical poets featured here include William Blake, Walt Whitman, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Richard Crashaw, Percy Shelley, Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Herbert, Longfellow, Gerald Hopkins, Thomas Traherne, William Shakespeare, Richard Rolle, Julian of Norwich, D.H. Lawrence and anonymous mediaeval works,  such as The Cloud of Unknowing.
    The mystical poetry in English in this book takes in pantheism in nature poetry (in the work of Wordsworth, Whitman, Coleridge and Keats), as well the more orthodox Christian poetry (in the poesie of Donne, and Traherne). Although most of the writers here are British, some American writers are included: Longfellow, Dickinson and Whitman.
     
     

    British Poets Series   Bibliography, notes   96pp   ISBN 1861711344    £7.99 / $11.99
     

    Behind me- dips Eternity -
    Before Me - Immortality -
    Myself - the Term between -
    Death but the Drift of Eastern Gray,
    Dissolving into Dawn away,
    Before the West begin -
     

    (Emily Dickinson, 'Behind Me - dips Eternity')
     
     




     
     


    The Crescent Moon Book of Metaphysical Poetry


    ...

    edited and introduced by Charlotte Greene

    All of the major and many of the minor Metaphysical poets are featured in this anthology, including: John Donne, Lady Mary Wroth, Robert Herrick, George Herbert, Sir William Davenant, the Countess of Sidney Godolphin, Richard Crashaw, John Cleveland, Abraham Cowley, Richard Lovelace, Andrew Marvell, Henry Vaughan, and Thomas Stanley.
    The Metaphysical poetic style is witty, learned, subjective, sensual, intellectual, reflective, philosophical, baroque, intense, and sometimes ecstatic. Metaphysical poetry was passion and emotion modified by intellect/  ('passionate ratiocination' Herbert Grierson called it), while T.S. Eliot described John Donne's poetry as experience modified by (his) sensibility. Helen Gardener said that Metaphysical verse was 'an expanded epigram', and Margaret Willy called it 'feeling thought'.
     
     

    British Poets Series    Bibliography, notes    108pp   ISBN 1861711379    £7.99 / $11.99
     
     
     

    Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
    The bridal of the earth and sky,
    The dew shall weep thy fall tonight;
        For thou must die.

    (George Herbert, 'Virtue')
     
     


     

    The Crescent Moon Book of Elizabethan Love Poetry


    ...

    edited and introduced by Carol Appleby

    The poets in this book include: Sir Walter Raleigh, Edmund Spenser, Sir Philip Sidney, Nicholas Breton, William Percy, Giles  George, Samuel Daniel, Henry Constable, Michael Drayton, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Thomas Campion, John Donne, Ben Jonson and Queen Elizabeth the First herself.
    There are extracts from Elizabethan sonnet cycles by William Shakespeare (the Sonnets), Michael Drayton (Idea), Samuel Daniel (Delia), Henry Constable (Diana), Edmund Spenser (Amoretti), and Sir Philip  (Astrophel and Stella).
    The full sonnet sequences are included in a companion volume, Elizabethan Sonnet Cycles.
     
     

    British Poets Series    Bibliography, notes    128pp   ISBN 1861711352    £7.99 / $11.99
     

    My true love hath my heart, and I have his,
    By just exchange one for the other given.
    I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss:
    There never was a better bargain drive.

    (Sir Philip Sidney, from The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia)


     



     
     

    The Crescent Moon Book of Romantic Poetry


    ...

    edited and introduced by L.M. Poole

    The great Romantics poets are featured in this anthology - William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, Emily Bronte, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Clare - as well as many lesser-known women poets.
     
     

    British Poets Series     Bibliography, notes    142pp    ISBN 1861711360    £7.99 / $11.99
     

    Pathway of light! o'er thy empurpled zone
    With lavish charms perennial summer strays;
    Soft ’midst thy spicy groves the zephyr plays,
    While far around the rich perfumes are thrown...

    (Helen Maria Williams, 'Sonnet: To the Torrid Zone')
     

    To read more Romantic poetry, click here
     
     



     
     

    Poetic Forms

    A Handbook of Stanza-forms from the History of Poetry


    ..

    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A guide to traditional forms of verse, such as the sonnet, ode, elegy and quatrain, as well as some lesser known poetic forms used in mediæval and Renaissance Europe, as found in Petrarch, Scève, Tasso, Dante and the troubadours (eg the canso and dizain).

    Jeremy Mark Robinson's books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Arthur Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of America poetry).
     
     

    Bibliography  30pp  ISBN 1-871846-75-7  £3.99 / $6.00
     


    Gorgeous Little Orpheus


    ...

    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A new collection of poetry.

    Robinson's poetry is certainly jammed with ideas, and I find it very interesting for that reason.' (Colin Wilson)
     
     

    75pp  ISBN 1-871846-08-0  £5.99 / $9.00
     



     

    Radiance: New Poems


    ...

    by Jeremy Mark Robinson
     

    'Radiance has a spectacularly clear originality of being.'  (David Castleman, Dusty Dog Reviews)
     

    56pp  ISBN 1-871846-46-3  £5.99 / $9.00



     
     

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