His Shoes Were Far Too Tight: Poems

As a child, Pinkwater was captivated by The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear. In this wonderful tribute, he has captured Lear classics such as "The Pobble Who Has No Toes," "The Owl and the Pussycat," "The Jumblies," and more. Coupled with the equally zany artwork of Calef Brown, young readers are sure to be laughing out loud at this lyrical collection. This book is too fun to pass up. Renowned author Daniel Pinkwater and best-sellin...

Masks Of Anarchy: The History Of A Radical Poem, From Percy Shelley To The Triangle Factory Fire

Masks of Anarchy tells the extraordinary story of Percy Shelley’s poem “The Masque of Anarchy,” from its conception in Italy and suppression in England to the moment it became a catalyst for protest among New York City workers a century later. Shelley penned the poem in 1819, after hearing of the Peterloo Massacre, where British cavalry charged peaceful political demonstrators near Manchester. His words would later inspire figures as...

The Poetry Of James Joyce Reconsidered

To many, James Joyce is simply the greatest novelist of the twentieth century. Scholars have pored over every minutia of his public and private life—from utility bills to deeply personal letters—in search of new insights into his life and work. Yet, for the most part, they have paid scant attention to the two volumes of poetry he published. The eight contributors to The Poetry of James Joyce Reconsidered convincingly challenge the cr...

The Language Of Byzantine Learned Literature (studies In Byzantine History And Civilization)

Built on a highly traditional educational system, the language of Byzantine literature was for the most part written in an idiom deeply influenced by ancient Greek texts and grammatical handbooks. The resulting overall archaizing impression of Byzantine Greek is largely why the language of learned literature - as compared with the relatively well researched vernacular literature - has seldom been taken seriously as an object of lingu...

Welsh Poetry Of The French Revolution, 1789-1805

This anthology presents a selection of poems written by Welsh writers living in Wales and London in response to the French Revolution. Edited and translated from Welsh into English for the first time, these poems artfully capture this period of unprecedented change and upheaval, challenging what it meant to be Welsh, British, and patriotic amid shifting views on religious affiliation. Accompanying the English poems are the Welsh orig...

Organising Poetry: The Coleridge Circle, 1790-1798

In this revisionary study of the poetry of Coleridge, Wordsworth and their friends during the 'revolutionary decade' David Fairer questions the accepted literary history of the period and the critical vocabulary we use to discuss it. The book examines why, at a time of radical upheaval when continuities of all kinds (personal, political, social, and cultural) were being challenged, this group of poets explored themes of inheritance, ...

The Poetics Of Eros In Ancient Greece

The Poetics of Eros in Ancient Greece offers the first comprehensive inquiry into the deity of sexual love, a power that permeated daily Greek life. Avoiding Foucault's philosophical paradigm of dominance/submission, Claude Calame uses an anthropological and linguistic approach to re-create indigenous categories of erotic love. He maintains that Eros, the joyful companion of Aphrodite, was a divine figure around which poets construct...

Messiah’s Handbook: Reminders For The Advanced Soul

In Richard Bach’s best-selling book Illusions, the mysterious hero Donald Shimoda seems to carry the keys to the universe with him as he barnstorms the Midwest in a Travel Air biplane. Shimoda’s secret is a small book, bound in what appears to be suede, called the Messiah’s Handbook. This slim volume, which the hero frequently quotes, is said to contain “whatever you need to know.” All Shimoda has to do is hold a question in his mind...

New and Selected Poems: 1962-2012

“It takes just one glimpse of Charles Simic’s work to establish that he is a master, ruler of his own eccentric kingdom of jittery syntax and signature insight.” -Los Angeles Times For over fifty years, Charles Simic has been widely celebrated for his brilliant and innovative poetic imagery, his sardonic wit, and a voice all his own. He has been awarded nearly every major literary prize for his poetry, including a Pulitzer and a MacA...

American Poetry After Modernism: The Power Of The Word

Albert Gelpi's American Poetry after Modernism is a study of fourteen major American poets of the postwar period, from Robert Lowell to Adrienne Rich. Gelpi argues that a distinctly American poetic tradition was solidified in the later half of the twentieth century, thus severing it from British conventions. In Gelpi's view, what distinguishes the American poetic tradition from the British is that at the heart of the American endeavo...