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  • Ursula Le Guin: Walking In Cornwall
  • 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
  • Dante: Selections From the Vita Nuova
  • Dante Studies: Dante in Love: The Vita Nuova
  • Petrarch, Dante and the Troubadours: The Religion of Love and Poetry
  • German Romantic Poetry: Goethe, Novalis, Heine, Hölderlin
  • Novalis: Hymns To the Night
  • Rilke: Space, Essence and Angels in the Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Rainer Maria Rilke: Dance the Orange: Selected Poems
  • Hölderlin's Songs of Light: Selected Poems
  • Arthur Rimbaud: Selected Poems
  • Arthur Rimbaud: A Season in Hell
  • Rimbaud: Arthur Rimbaud and the Magic of Poetry
  • Cavafy: Anatomy of a Soul
  • Sappho: Poems
  • Arseny Tarkovsky: Life, Life: Selected 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 Dickinson: Selected Poems
  • Emily Bronte: Poems
  • Thomas Hardy: Selected Poems
  • Sexing Hardy: Thomas Hardy and Feminism
  • Love and Tragedy: A Study of Thomas Hardy
  • D.H. Lawrence: Selected Poems
  • 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
  • Michael Drayton: Idea
  • Sir Philip Sidney: Astrophel and Stella
  • Henry Constable: Diana
  • Samuel Daniel: Delia
  • 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
  • Sir Thomas Wyatt: Poems
  • Lust In America
  • Romance In America
  • Mystical America
  • Sacred America
  • Holy America
  • Spiritual America
  • Magical America
  • The Crescent Moon Book of Nature Poetry
  • The Crescent Moon Book of Love Poetry
  • The Crescent Moon Book of Mystical Poetry
  • 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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    Walking In Cornwall


    ...

    by Ursula Le Guin

    A book of poems written during a visit to Cornwall in England by the acclaimed American writer Ursula Le Guin. This new edition is illustrated in colour by contemporary Cornish painters.

    Born in 1929 in Berkeley, California, Ursula Le Guin is the daughter of the writer Theodora Kroeber and anthropologist Alfred Kroeber. She studied at Radcliffe College and Columbia University. Since 1958, Le Guin has lived in Portland, Oregon, with her husband Charles Le Guin, whom she married in Paris in 1953. She has three children, and three grandchildren.
    Ursula Le Guin has written novels, poetry, children’s books, essays and translations. Le Guin’s most well-known works are her Earthsea fantasies, and her science ?ction novels, such as The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed and Always Coming Home. She also has eleven collections of short stories, six poetry books, and eleven books for children (including the Catwings books). Le Guin’s books have received the National Book Award, ?ve Hugo Awards, ?ve Nebula Awards and the Kafka Award, among many others, and have been ?nalists for the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award.
     
     

    Bibliography and colour illustrations

    PBK   ISBN 1861711042   £7.99 / $11.99

    PBK   (Revised edition) ISBN 9781861713681    £7.99 / $11.99

    HBK   (Revised edition) ISBN 9781861713919    £19.99 / $29.99
     

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    Sex-Magic-Poetry-Cornwall

    The Poems of Peter Redgrove


    ...

    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 9781861712950   188pp   £14.99 / $22.99
     
     
     

    CORNWALL HONEYMOON

    Kaolin. A white shadow
    Spread across half a county. All the streams
    Flaming white. The soil packed

    Underfoot solid with light. A beach
    With drifts of dead leaves instead of pebbles.
    Flowering fogs and the cold fur of moths.

    (Peter Redgrove, from 'Cornwall Honeymoon')
     


    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.
     llustrated. British Poets Series.
     
     

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

    '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, illustrations   232pp    ISBN 9781861712943    £14.99 / $22.99
     
     
     


    Brigitte's Blue Heart


    ...

    by Jeremy Reed

    New poems from the acclaimed British writer. Jeremy Reed's many poetry books include By the Fisheries (1984), Nero (1985), Selected Poems (1987), 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 Poetryand Angels, Divas and Blacklisted Heroes (1999). Reed has translated Novalis 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 and Marc Almond. 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)

    '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 1-86171-177-8    £7.99 / $11.99
     
     

    BLUE REMAINS

    The dress over her head. It's 2 a.m.
    on a day that doesn’t exist,
    intercalendric time, I do my nails
    as poets should, a scarlet gloss,
    and celebrate the unreality
    of having kicked the body clock.

    (Jeremy Reed, from 'Blue Remains')
     


             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 familiar colourful, sensual Jeremy Reed imagery in this brand new collection. Jeremy Reed's many poetry books include By the Fisheries (1984), Nero (1985), Selected Poems (1987), 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 Poetryand Angels, Divas and Blacklisted Heroes (1999). Reed has translated Novalis 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 and Marc Almond. Reed has won an Eric Gregory Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the National Poetry Competition.
     

    'Remarkably talented' (J.G. Ballard)

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

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

    Suitably darker tones than indigo,
    a thunder sky reflected in a lake
    roofed over by dense trees. Our high ladder
    lost legs after you went too far
    and dropped the glass word we had kept
    hidden for future retrieval.

    (Jeremy Reed, from 'Monkshood')


     

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    By-Blows: Uncollected Poems


    ...

    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
     
     

    WHITE NIGHTS

    To make sure he slept with virgins only
    He dispatched his loved ones in the morning,
    For them there was no second coming.
    Until one day there came a wiser maiden,
    To tell him stories till the sun had risen.

    (D.J. Enright, from 'White Nights')

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



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    Dante

    Selections From the Vita Nuova (new edition)


    ...

    translated by Thomas Okey

    edited and introduced by Joanna Finn-Kelcey

    Poems and prose from Dante Alighieri's New Life, his 'Book of Memory', recording his religious devotion to his believed Beatrice, translated by Thomas Okey, with the original Italian text on the facing page. Okey's tender, lyrical versions of Dante's great book of romantic love date from the early years of the 20th century. Finn-Kelcey's introduction explores the intricate emotional psychology of the Dante-poet, and his unsurpassed talent for making poetry out of love, loss and memory.

    Joanna Finn-Kelcey has taught European languages at the University of Cambridge and Ohio State University. Her books include Mediaeval Representations (1991) and Dante Studies: Dante in Love, on the Vita Nuova (Crescent Moon, 1997).
     
     

    European Writers Series  Bibliography and notes  96pp  ISBN 1861711522  £10.00 / $16.00
     
     

    Tutti li miei pensier parlan d'amore,
    Ed hanno in lor sì gran varietate,
    Ch'altro mi fa voler sua potestate,
    Altro folle ragiona il suo valore:

    [All my thoughts speak of love and have in them such great diversity, that one makes me desire his power: another argues his influence madness]

    (Dante, from the Vita Nuova, XII)
     



    Dante Studies: Dante in Love

    The Vita Nuova


    ...

    by Joanna Finn-Kelcey

    Dante Alighieri 's early work, the Vita Nuova or 'New Life' was one of the most influential books in the history of love poetry. Finn-Kelcey discusses the links between Dante and his contemporaries, the stilnovisti; Dante and the troubadours; Dante and the courtly love tradition; the discourses of self, identity, autobiography, eroticism and gender in the Vita Nuova; and Dante's sexual politics

    Joanna Finn-Kelcey has taught European languages at the University of Cambridge and Ohio State University. Her books include Mediaeval Representations (1991) and Dante Studies: Dante in Love, on the Vita Nuova (forthcoming).
     
     

    European Writers Series  Bibliography, notes  160ppp  ISBN 1-86171-010-0   £14.99 / $22.99   forthcoming
     


    Petrarch, Dante and the Troubadours

    The Religion of Love and Poetry


    ...

    by Cassidy Hughes

    These two Renaissance writers tower over European culture. Here the love poetry of Francesco Petrarch (his Canzoniere) and Dante Alighieri (the Vita Nuova and Divine Comedy) is analyzed. Hughes places Dante and Petrarch in the courtly love tradition of the troubadours, Minnesangers, minstrels and stilnovisti, the creators of the great flowering of erotic poetry in the late Middle Ages.

    Cassidy Hughes is a writer and photographer. His previous books include Images of India (1982), Petrarch, Dante and the Troubadours (1992) and Sex in Art (1993). His photographs have been exhibited in London, Rome, Hong Kong and New York (among others). He lives near St Just in West Penwith, Cornwall.
     
     

    European Writers Series Bibliography and notes  122pp  ISBN 1-871846-71-4   £14.99 / $22.99
     

    Then Beatrice looked at me, her eyes
    sparkling with love and burning so divine,
    my strength of sight surrendered to her power -

    with eyes cast down, I was about to faint.

    (Dante, from the Divina Commedia)




     
     

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    German Romantic Poetry

    Goethe, Novalis, Heine, Hölderlin

    (new edition)


    ...

    by Carol Appleby

    This critical literary study looks at the chief poets and philosophers of the Romantic era who, between them, forged a new cult of mystical, lyrical poetry. After a discussion of the key ideas of German Romanticism (infinity, eternity, nostalgia, mythology, Hellenism, extremity, sensuality), Appleby concentrates on the poets: from Goethe, 'the last Renaissance man', as he is sometimes called, to the shamanic, Neoplatonic poet Novalis and his Hymen an die Nacht.

    The new edition contains a selection of poems by each poet.

    The book has been newly revised.

    AUTHOR’S NOTE: This book offers an introduction to four of the great German poets of the Romantic era aimed at first-time readers of poetry, students, but also readers familiar with their work. I have concentrated on the poetry, and have included many quotes. Some of the well-known poems by the writers are featured in the second half of the book.

    With bibliography, illustrations, notes    188pp

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781861713254    £11.99 / $17.99

    HARDBACK   ISBN 9781861713582    £24.99 / $36.99
     
     

    In meine Stille kamst du liese wandelnd,
    Fandst drinnen in der Halle Dunkel mich aus,
    Du Freundlicher! du kanst nicht unverhoft
    Und fernher, wirkend über der Erde vernahm
    Ich wohl dein Wiederkehren, schöner Tag

    (Your movement hushed, you came into my stillness,
    Deep in the gloomy hall you sought me out,
    You kindly light; and not unhoped for came,
    But from afar, at work above the earth,
    Well I could hear you come again, bright Day!)

    (Friedrich Hölderlin, from The Death of Empedocles)
     
     


     


    Novalis


    Hymns To the Night and Spiritual Songs

    ....

    Edited by Carol Appleby
    Translated by George Macdonald

    The German Romantic poet Novalis (Friedrich von Hardenberg, 1772-1801) is the most mystical of the German Romantic poets. He is at once the most typical and the most unusual of the German Romantics, indeed, of all Romantic poets. His best known work, Hymen an die Nacht - Hymns To the Night -was published in 1800.
    Novalis is supremely idealistic, far more so than Johann Wolfgang von Goethe or Heinrich Heine. He died young, which makes him, like Percy Shelley and John Keats, something of a hero (or martyr). He did not write as much as Shelley, but his work, like that of Keats or Arthur Rimbaud, promised much.
    Includes Novalis' Spiritual Songs, and an introduction to the poet.

    With bibliography, notes abd illustrations    164pp

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781861712615    £9.99 / £17.99

    HARDBACK   ISBN 9781861713520    £24.99 / £36.99
     
     




    Rilke

    Space, Essence and Angels in the Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke


    ....

    by B.D. Barnacle

    Rainer Maria Rilke is probably the great 20th century poet, certainly one of the richest, most potent and lyrically beautiful of all poets. This book looks at many of Rilke's curious notions: of the 'Open', which is identified with death; of innerness or 'Kunst-Ding' in the New Poems (derived from Rilke's time with Rodin); of the Nietzschean Angel in the Duino Elegies; and of love and death in the late Sonnets to Orpheus.

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

    European Writers Series   Bibliography, notes  76pp  ISBN 1-871846-76-5     £7.99 / $11.99

     
    Night. O face against my face
    dissolved into deepness.
    You my marvelling look's most immense
    preponderance.

    (Rainer Maria Rilke, from"Night. O Face Against My Face")
     
     

    To read some more of Rainer Maria Rilke's poetry, click here


     



     
     

    Rainer Maria Rilke

    Dance the Orange: Selected Poems


    ...

    translated by Michael Hamburger and edited by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    This new collection includes poems taken from the time of the great German poet's New Poems through the Duino Elegies to the last pieces. These are some of Rilke's best works; they are intense, compact, lyrical and lucid, by turns erotic, heartfelt and mystical. Hamburger's excellent translations have the German original facing each poem.
    Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) is one of the greatest of all lyrical poets. Rilke is part of that group of European poets and writers which includes Friedrich Nietzsche, Arthur Rimbaud, Georg Trakl, Marina Tsvetajeva, and friends such as Andre Gide, Lou Andreas-Salome and Paul Valery.

    This edition has ben newly revised.

    European Writers Series   Notes, illustrations & bibliography.   112pp    ISBN 9781861713667    £9.99 / $15.99
     
     

    This is the non-existent animal.
    Not knowing that, they loved it, loved its ways,
    its neck, its posture, loved its quiet gaze
    down to the light within it, loved it all.

    True, it was not. But, because loved, a pure
    beast came to be. A space was kept, conceded.
    And in that space, left blank for it, secure,
    it gently raised its head and hardly needed

    (Rainer Maria Rilke, from Sonnet to Orpheus)
     

    To read about Rilke's life and work, click here



     
     

    Hölderlin's Songs of Light

    Selected Poems


    ...

    by Friedrich Hölderlin

    translated by Michael Hamburger and edited by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    The German Romantic poet Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843) is one of the very greatest poets - of any era. Hölderlin's poetry is airy, radiant and incredibly lyrical. This selection features many of his best odes, poems and hymns, from the whole span of his career. Michael Hamburger is a respected poet and critic. He has translated Rilke, Celan and Goethe, among others, as well the whole of Hölderlin's poetry. Hamburger's awards include The Schlegel-Tieck Prize, the Goethe Medal and the European Translation Prize.
     

    'Few can have done more to enhance (and in many cases create) the appreciation of German poetry among an Anglophone audience' (Times Literary Supplement)


    The book has been newly revised.

    European Writers Series  Notes & bibliography. 112pp

    ISBN 9781861713339   £9.99 / $15.99

     
    HYPERION'S SONG OF FATE

    You walk above in the light,
     Weightless tread a soft floor, blessed genii!
      Radiant the gods' mild breezes
       Gently play on you
        As the girl artist's fingers
         On holy strings.

        (Friedrich Hölderlin, from 'Hyperion's Song of Fate')
     
     

      To read more Hölderlin, click here
     



     
     

    Rimbaud

    Arthur Rimbaud and the Magic of Poetry


    ....

    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A new study of France's extraordinary 16 year-old genius poet, the ever-rebel who ran away from home, had a debauched, Bohemian relationship with Paul Verlaine, gave up writing poetry at 19, and ended up in Aden gun-running and slave-trading. This book looks at Rimbaud's theory of poetics; his famous 'seer letter'; his ecstatic lyrical voice; his early works; the famous 'Le Bateau ivre'; and his two amazing mythopœic statements: Illuminations and A Season in Hell.

    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).
     
     

    European Writers Series  With notes and bibliography  115pp  ISBN 1-871846-56-0   £14.99 / $22.99
     



     

    Arthur Rimbaud

    Morning of Ecstasy: Selected Poems


    ....

    edited and translated by Andrew Jary

    These new versions of searing lyricism will delight lovers of poetry. Jary has selected the most representative pieces by the whirlwind poet, including 'The Drunken Boat', 'Memory', and healthy chunks of A Season in Hell and Illuminations. Jary has produced clear, unfussy translations of Rimbaud's fiery verse. With the French text.
    For a time, when he was a teenager until he was 19, art was crucial for the psychic well-being of the restless Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891). The young would-be rebel Rimbaud escaped from the bland provincial town of Charleville in Northern France to wander the streets of Paris in poverty. After writing his Illuminations and A Season in Hell, some of the most extraordinary poems of all world literature, Rimbaud renounced it all for a hellish and apparently boring life in Aden. 'Mortel, ange ET demon, autant dire Rimbaud,' as Rimbaud's lover, Paul Verlaine wrote ('Mortal, angel AND demon, that is to say Rimbaud'.)

    Illustrated, with a newly revised text for this edition.

    European Writers Series   Notes, illustrations & bibliography.  120pp   ISBN 9781861713650     £7.99 / $11.99
     
     

    Sur la pente du talus, les anges tournent leurs robes de laine dans les herbages d’acier et d’èmeraude.
     Des prés de flames bondissent jusqu’au sommet du mamelon. A gauche le terreau de l’arête est piétiné par tous les homicides et toutes les batailles, et tous les bruit désastreux filent leur courbre. Derriére l’arête de droite la ligne des orients, des progrès.
     Et, tandis que la bande en haunt du tableau est formée de la rumeur tournante et bondissante des conques des mers et des nuits humaines,
     La douceur fleurie des étoiles et du ciel et du reste descend en face du talus, comme un panier, - contre notre face, et fait l’abîme fleurant et bleu là-dessus.

    (On the side of the slope, the angels spin their woollen robes in the meadows of steel and emerald.
     Fields of flame fly up to the top of the summit. To the left, the soil is trampled by all the murders and all the battles, and all the sounds of disaster turning in their curve. Behind the summit on the right is the line of the Orient, the progress.
     And while the band of the top of the tableau is formed of the whirling rumour and leaping sounds of sea shells and human nights,
     The flowery softness of the star and the sky and all the rest moves down opposite the slope, like a basket, - against our face, and makes the abyss below flowery and blue.)

    (Arthur Rimbaud, 'Mystic', from Illuminations)

            For more Rimbaud, click here
     
     



     
     

    Arthur Rimbaud

    A Season in Hell


    .....

    edited and translated by Andrew Jary

    A new translation of Arthur Rimbaud's extraordinary poetic statement, written in 1873. The sensual, violent and anguished emotion in Rimbaud's visionary 'alchemy of the word' remains startling, and continues to inspire poets. Printed with the French text facing the translation.
    Arthur Rimbaud is the tornado of world poetry. He out-blasts just about every other poet. For poets, he is more significant than the so-called 'founding fathers' or influential philosophers of modern times: Marx, Freud, Nietzsche and Einstein. For poets, he is 'everybody's favourite hippy', a Communard, a 'precursor of the current movement of subversion of Western notions of self, society, and discourse', and a savage mystic.
     

    The book has been newly revised.

    European Writers Series   Notes, illustrations & bibliography.  104pp

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    A moi. L’histoire d’une de mes folies.
    Depuis longtemps je me vantais de posséder tous les paysages possibles, et trouvais dérisoires les célébrités de la peinture et de la poésie moderne.

    (Now me. The story of one of my madnesses.
    For a long time I bragged of possessing all possible landscapes, and I found stupid the celebrating of modern painting and poetry.)

    (Arthur Rimbaud, from A Season in Hell)
     

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    Cavafy

    Anatomy of a Soul


    ....

    by Matt Crispin

    A study of the great modern Greek poet, the master of melancholy lyricism and erotic nostalgia. C.P. Cavafy's poetry fluidly melded the mythological and historical Hellenic world with alienated, modern day Alexandria. Cavafy's poesie was always driven by one of the most intense (yet controlled) displays of sexual desire in modern literature. This is Matt Crispin's third book on Cavafy, and offers many insights into the poet's artistic disposition. Translations of Cavafy by the author.

    Matt Crispin has written three books on the Greek poet C.P. Cavafy. He has also written plays. He lives in Sussex.
     
     

    European Writers Series    With notes and bibliography    110pp    ISBN 1-871846-22-6    £14.99 / $22.99
     
     


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    Sappho:

    You Burn Me: Poems


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    translated by J.M. Edmonds and edited by Louise Cooper

    All of the important poems by the ancient Greek love poet Sappho are here, with the Greek original texts facing each poem.
     
     

    European Writers Series    Notes & bibliography.   78pp  ISBN 9781861711519   £10.00 / $16.00
     
     

    TO APHRODITE

    Aphrodite splendour-throned immortal, wile-weaving child of Zeus, to thee is my prayer. Whelm not my heart, O Queen, with suffering and sorrow, but come hither I pray thee, if ever ere this thou hast heard and marked my voice afar, and stepping from thy Father’s house harnessed a golden chariot, and the strong pinions of thy two swans fair and swift, whirring from heaven through mid-sky, have drawn thee towards the dark earth, and lo! were there; and thou, blest Lady, with a smile on that immortal face, didst gently ask what ailed me, and why I called, and what this wild heart would have done, and Whom shall I make to give thee room in her heart’s love, who is it, Sappho, that does thee wrong? for even if she flees thee, she shall soon pursue; if she will not take thy gifts, she yet shall give; and if she loves not, soon love she shall, whether or no; -
    O come to me now as thou camest then, to assuage my sore trouble and do what my heart would fain have done, thyself my stay in battle.

    (Sappho)
     
     



     
     

    Arseny Tarkovsky

    Life, Life: Selected Poems


    ...

    translated and edited by Virginia Rounding

    Arseny Tarkovsky is the neglected Russian poet, father of the acclaimed film director Andrei Tarkovsky. This new book gathers together many of Tarkovsky's most lyrical and heartfelt poems, in Rounding's clear, new translations. Many of Tarkovsky's poems appeared in his son's films, such as Mirror, Stalker, Nostalghia and The Sacrifice. There is an introduction by Rounding, and a bibliography of both Arseny and Andrei Tarkovsky.

    Arseny Aleksandrovich Tarkovsky was was born in June 1907 in Elizavetgrad, later named Kirovograd. He studied at the Academy of Literature in Moscow from 1925 to 1929, and also worked in the editorial office of the journal Gudok. He was well respected as a translator, especially of the Oriental classics, but was little known as a poet for most of his life, being unable to get any of his own work published during the Stalinist era. His poems did not begin to appear in book form until he was over fifty. His son, the film director Andrei Tarkovsky, made extensive use of his father's in some of his films, and certain of his diary entries indicate the esteem in which the poet was held in the Soviet Union towards the end of his life. An entry written after Andrei had given a talk at the Moscow Physical Institute in 1980, for instance, reproduces the following note from a member of the audience: 'An enormous number of people in this hall admire Arseny Aleksandrovich Tarkovsky as a great Russian poet. Please convey our respects to him.' One of the few recorded public appearances of Arseny Tarkovsky was at the funeral of Anna Akhmatova; he was one of three writers deputed to accompany her coffin from Domodedovo to Leningrad, and he read both at her funeral in Komarovo and at the first evening held in her memory in Moscow. He died in 1989 and is now beginning to be recognised as one of the many significant Russian poets of the twentieth century.

    Bibliography, illustations (including from Andrei Tarkovsky's films), and notes    110pp

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    FIRST MEETINGS

    We celebrated every moment
    Of our meetings as epiphanies,
    Just we two in all the world.
    Bolder, lighter than a bird’s wing,
    You hurtled like vertigo
    Down the stairs, leading
    Through moist lilac to your realm
    Beyond the mirror.

    (Arseny Tarkovsky, from 'First Meetings')
     
     

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    Lawrence Durrell

    Between Love and Death, East and West

    (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), 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).
     

    A new edition, with a new introduction and up-to-date bibliography.
     

    Bibliography, notes  290pp  ISBN 1-86171-066-6  £15.00 / $24.00
     
     
     

    Wind among prisms all tonight again:
    Alone again, awake again in the Sufi's house,
    Cumbered by this unexpiring love,
    Jammed like a cartridge in the breech
    Leaving the bed with its dented pillow,
    The married shoes alert upon the floor.

    (Lawrence Durrell, from 'The Anecdotes')
     
     

    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


     



     

    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  £3.75 / $6.00
     
     


    Samuel Beckett Goes Into the Silence


    ...

    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 theUnnamable 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.
     
     

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

     
    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)
     
     



     
     

    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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    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 (2000). 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
     
     

    A bracelet invisible
    For your busy wrist,
    Twisted from silver
    Spilt afar,
    From silver of the clear Moon,
    From her sheer halo,
    From the male beauty
    Of a shooting star.

    (Robert Graves, 'A Bracelet')


     

     

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    Emily Dickinson

    Wild Nights: Selected Poems


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    selected and introduced by Miriam Chalk

    One of the most extraordinary poets of any era, Dickinson wrote a huge amount of poetry (nearly 2,000 poems). This new edition ranges from her early work to the late pieces.
    Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 - May 15, 1886) was born in Amherst, MA. Much of her later life was led in privacy, in the family home in Massachusetts. For some, she was a recluse, famous among locals for wearing white clothes, seldom travelled, preferred correspondence to meeting people in the flesh, and was known for talking to visitors thru a door. She wrote nearly 1800 poems, but only a few were published during her lifetime.
    The poetry of Emily Dickinson is among the strangest, the most compelling and the most direct in world literature. There is nothing else quite like it. Dickinson writes in short lyrics, often just eight lines long, often in regular quatrains, but often in irregular lines consisting of two half-lines joined in the middle by a dash (such as: ‘’Tis Honour - though I die’ in “Had I presumed to hope”). Her subjects appear to be the traditional ones of poetry, blocked in with capital letters: God, Love, Hope, Time, Death, Nature, the Sea, the Sun, the World, Childhood, the Past, History, and so on. Yet what exactly is Dickinson discussing? Who is the ‘I’, the ‘Thee’, the ‘we’ and the ‘you’ in her poetry? This is where things become much more ambiguous. Dickinson is very clear at times in her poetry, until one considers deeper exactly what she is saying - but this ambiguity is one of the hallmarks and the delights of her art.

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

    Bibliography, notes   124pp

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    Wild Nights! - Wild Nights!
    Were I with thee
    Wild Nights should be
    Our luxury!

    (Emily  Dickinson, from "WIld Nights! - Wild Nights!")

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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
     
     
     

    Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
    Lengthen night and shorten day;
    Every leaf speaks bliss to me
    Fluttering from the autumn tree,
    I shall smile when wreaths of snow
    Blossom where the rose should grow;
    I shall sing when night's decay
    Ushers in a drearier day.

    (Emily Brontë, "Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away")
     



     
     

    Thomas Hardy:

    Her Haunting Ground: Selected Poems


    ...

    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

     
    I enter a daisy-and-buttercup land,
         And thence thread a jungle of grass:
    Hurdles and stiles scarce visible stand
         Above the lush stems as I pass.

    (Thomas Hardy, from 'Growth in May')


     
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    Sexing Hardy

    Thomas Hardy and Feminism

    (new edition)


    ....
    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  190pp  ISBN 1-86171-065-8  £15.00 / $24.00
     
     

     
    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')
     

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    Love and Tragedy

    A Study of Thomas Hardy


    ....

    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.
     
     

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


    D.H. Lawrence:

    Being Alive: Selected Poems


    ....
    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
     

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    Percy Bysshe Shelley:

    Paradise of Golden Lights: Selected Poems


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    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
     
     

    British Poets Series  Bibliography, notes    ISBN 1861711808    108pp     £10.00 / $16.00
     

    I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers,
      From the seas and the streams;
    I bear light shade for the leaves when laid
      In their noonday dreams.
    From my wings are shaken the dews that waken
      The sweet buds every one,
    When rocked to rest on their mother's breast,
      As she dances about the sun,
    I wield the flail of the lashing hail,
      And whiten the green plains under,
    And then again I dissolve it in rain,
      And laugh as I pass in thunder.

    (Percy Bysshe Shelley, from 'The Cloud')



     
     

    John Keats:

    Bright Star: Selected Poems


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    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

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    Nor do we merely feel these essences
    For one short hour; no, even as the trees
    That whisper round a temple become soon
    Dear as the temple's self, so does the moon,
    The passion poesy, glories infinite,
    Haunt us till they become a cheering light
    Unto our souls, and bound to us so fast,
    That, whether there be shine, or gloom o'ercast,
    They always must be with us, or we die.

    (John Keats, from Endymion)
     
     

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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 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
     

    My soul, there is a country
     Far beyond the stars,
    Where stands a winged sentry
     All skillful in the wars,

    (Henry Vaughan, from 'Peace')



     

    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    £10.00 / $16.00
     

    Salute the last and everlasting day,
    Joy at the uprising of this sun, and son,
    Ye whose just tears, or tribulation
    Have purely washed, or burnt your drossy clay;

    (John Donne, from 'Ascension')



     

     

    Robert Herrick:

    Delight In Disorder: Selected Poems


    ...
    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     £10.00 / $16.00
     

    TO JULIA

    Permit me, Julia, now to go away;
    Or by thy love, decree me here to stay.
    If thou wilt say, that I shall live with thee;
    Here shall my endless Tabernacle be:
    If not, (as beautiful) I will live alone
    There, where no language ever yet was known.

    (Robert Herrick, 'To Julia')
     
     

          To read more of Robert Herrick's poetry, click here
     
     



     
     

    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     £10.00 / $16.00
     


    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

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 1861711530        £7.99 | $11.99

    HARDBACK   ISBN 1861713544       £19.99 | $29.99
     
     


    Michael Drayton

    Idea

    Elizabethan Sonnet Cycle


    .....

    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


    .....

    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


    .....

    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


    .....

    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
     
     




     
     
     
     

    William Shakespeare

    Selected Sonnets & Verse


    ...

    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 / $9.50
     

    I would I had some flowers o' the spring that might
    Become your time of day; and yours, and yours,
    That wear upon your virgin branches yet
    Your maidenheads growing: O Prosperina!

    (Perdita in The Winter’s Tale, 4.4.113-128)


     




    William Shakespeare: The Sonnets


    ....

    edited and introduced 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 / $12.99
     
     
     

    SONNET 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.

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



     
     

    William Shakespeare

    Complete Poems


    ...

    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: Brontë, 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


    ...

    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  £3.75 / $6.00
     
     


    Elizabethan Sonnet Cycles

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

    ....

    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
     


    Sir Thomas Wyatt

    Love For Love: Selected Poems


    ....

    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
     
     

    To read some of Sir Thomas Wyatt's classic love poetry, click here
     
     



    PAGAN AMERICA

    NEW EDITIONS OF NEW POETRY FROM AMERICA

    Lust In America

    An Anthology of Women's Love Poetry From America


    ...

    edited by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Passionate poetry from North America and Canada. The poetry is passionate, erotic, spiritual, irreverent, humorous, manic and always entertaining. There are many surprises in these anthologies,
     
     

    80pp   ISBN 1861712154 / 9781861712158     £7.99 / $11.99


    Romance In America

    An Anthology of Women's Love Poetry From America


    ....

    edited by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Passionate poetry from North America and Canada. The poetry is passionate, erotic, spiritual, irreverent, humorous, manic and always entertaining. There are many surprises in these anthologies,
     
     

    80pp   ISBN 1861712162 / 9781861712165     £7.99 / $11.99
     
     



     

    Mystical America

    An Anthology of New American Poetry


    ....

    edited by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Passionate poetry from North America and Canada. The poetry is passionate, erotic, spiritual, irreverent, humorous, manic and always entertaining. There are many surprises in these anthologies,
     
     

    80pp   ISBN 1861712138 / 9781861712134     £7.99 / $11.99


    Sacred America

    An Anthology of New American Poetry


    ...

    edited by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Passionate poetry from North America and Canada. The poetry is passionate, erotic, spiritual, irreverent, humorous, manic and always entertaining. There are many surprises in these anthologies,
     
     

    80pp   ISBN 1861712146 / 9781861712141    £7.99 / $11.99
     


    Holy America

    An Anthology of New American Poetry


    ....

    edited by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Passionate poetry from North America and Canada. The poetry is passionate, erotic, spiritual, irreverent, humorous, manic and always entertaining. There are many surprises in these anthologies,
     
     

    80pp   ISBN 186171212X / 9781861712127    £7.99 / $11.99


    Spiritual America

    An Anthology of New American Poetry


    .....

    edited by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Passionate poetry from North America and Canada. The poetry is passionate, erotic, spiritual, irreverent, humorous, manic and always entertaining. There are many surprises in these anthologies,
     
     

    80pp   ISBN 1861712170 / 9781861712172     £7.99 / $11.99
     



    Magical America

    An Anthology of New American Poetry


    .....

    edited by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Passionate poetry from North America and Canada. The poetry is passionate, erotic, spiritual, irreverent, humorous, manic and always entertaining. There are many surprises in these anthologies,
     
     

    80pp   ISBN 1861712189 / 9781861712172     £7.99 / $11.99
     



     

    The Crescent Moon Book of Nature Poetry

    From Langland to Lawrence


    ....

    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

     
    Greatly shining,
    The Autumn moon floats in the thin sky;
    And the fish-ponds shake their backs and flash their dragon scales
    As she passes over them.

    (Amy Lowell, 'Wind and Silver')
     


          For more nature poetry, click here
     
     



     
     

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    The Crescent Moon Book of Love Poetry


    ...

    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
     

    Licence my roving hands, and let them go
    Before, behind, between, above, below.
    O my America, my new found land,
    My kingdom, safeliest when with one man manned,
    My mine of precious stones, my empery,
    How blessed am I in this discovering thee!

    (John Donne, from 'Elegy: To His Mistress Going to Bed')

           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

     
    But now thou askest me and sayest, ‘How shall I think on Himself, and what is He? and to this I cannot answer thee but thus: ‘I wot not.’
     For thou hast brought me with thy question into that same darkness, and into that same cloud of unknowing, that I would thou wert in thyself. For of all other creatures and their works, yea, and of the works of God’s self, may a man through grace have full head of knowing, and well he can think of them: but of God Himself can no man think. And therefore I would leave all that thing that I can think, and choose to my love that thing that I cannot think. For why; He may well be loved, but not thought. By love may He be gotten and holden; but by thought never. And therefore, although it be good sometime to think of the kindness and the worthiness of God in special, and although it be a light and a part of contemplation: nevertheless yet in this work it shall be cast down and covered with a cloud of forgetting. And thou shalt step above it stalwarthy, but listily, with a devout and a pleasing stirring of love, and try for to pierce that darkness above thee. And smite upon that thick cloud of unknowing with a sharp dart of longing love; and go not thence for thing that befalleth.

    (from The Cloud of Unknowing)
     


     
     
     


    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
     

     O nectar! O delicious stream!
    O ravishing and only pleasure! Where
      Shall such another theme
    Inspire my tongue with joy or please mine ear!
      Abrigement of delights!
       And Queen of sights!

    (Thomas Traherne, from 'Love')


     


     

    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
     
     

    To live in hell, and heaven to behold;
     To welcome life, and die a living death;
    To sweat with heat, and yet be freezing cold;
     To grasp at stars, and lie the earth beneath;

    (Henry Constable, from Sonnets to Diana)
     


    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
     

    Fresh from the dewy hill, the merry year
    Smiles on my head, and mounts his flaming car,
    Round my young brows the laurel wreathes a shade,
    And rising glories beam around my head.

    (William Blake, from 'Song')
     
     

    For 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, Scéve, Tasso, Dante and the troubadours (eg the canso and dizain).
     
     

    Bibliography  30pp  ISBN 1-871846-75-7  £3.75 / $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 / $9.50
     



     

    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 / $9.50


     
  • Ursula Le Guin: Walking In Cornwall
  • 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
  • Dante: Selections From the Vita Nuova
  • Dante Studies: Dante in Love: The Vita Nuova
  • Petrarch, Dante and the Troubadours: The Religion of Love and Poetry
  • German Romantic Poetry: Goethe, Novalis, Heine, Holderlin, Schlegel, Schiller
  • Rilke: Space, Essence and Angels in the Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Rainer Maria Rilke: Dance the Orange: Selected Poems
  • Holderlin’s Songs of Light: Selected Poems
  • Arthur Rimbaud: Selected Poems
  • Arthur Rimbaud: A Season in Hell
  • Rimbaud: Arthur Rimbaud and the Magic of Poetry
  • Cavafy: Anatomy of a Soul
  • Sappho: Poems
  • Arseny Tarkovsky: Life, Life: Selected 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 Dickinson: Selected Poems
  • Emily Bronte: Poems
  • Thomas Hardy: Selected Poems
  • Sexing Hardy: Thomas Hardy and Feminism
  • Love and Tragedy: A Study of Thomas Hardy
  • D.H. Lawrence: Selected Poems
  • Shelley: Poems by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • John Keats: Selected Poems
  • 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
  • Shakespeare: Love, Poetry and Magic in Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Plays
  • Feminism and Shakespeare
  • Sir Thomas Wyatt: Poems
  • Lust In America
  • Romance In America
  • Mystical America
  • Sacred America
  • Holy America
  • Spiritual America
  • Magical America
  • The Crescent Moon Book of Nature Poetry From Langland to Lawrence
  • The Crescent Moon Book of Love Poetry
  • The Crescent Moon Book of Mystical Poetry
  • 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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