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The Complete Works of Chaucer In Middle English

by Geoffrey Chaucer

Compiled in one book, the essential collection of books by Geoffrey Chaucer in Middle English:

The Canterbury Tales

The Book of the Duchess

The House of Fame

Anelida and Arcite

The Parliament of Fowls

Boece

Troilus...


The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

by Omar Khayyam

Edward FitzGerald gave the title The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam to his translation of poetry attributed to the Persian poet, astronomer and mathematician Omar Khayyam (1048-1123). The word "Rubaiyat" means quatrains...


The Metamorphoses: Selected Stories in Verse

by Ovid

This selection highlights 30 tales from classical mythology: Venus and Adonis, Pygmalion, Apollo and Daphne, Narcissus, Perseus and Andromeda, Orpheus and Eurydice, the Cyclops, and Circe, among others. F. A....


The Hunting of the Snark

by Lewis Carroll

The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in 8 Fits) is typically categorized as a nonsense poem written by Lewis Carroll, the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Written from 1874 to 1876, the poem borrows the setting,...


Poems

by Emily Dickinson, Mabel Loomis Todd & T. W. Higginson

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886) was an eccentric, reclusive poet, though born to a family of good standing within their Massachusetts community. She had fewer than a dozen poems published in her lifetime, though...


Rime of the Ancient Mariner: And Select Poems

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge & Frederick H. Sykes

A mariner stops a man on his way to a wedding. The mariner then relates to the man all the events of a long sea voyage, arousing in his listener feeling of impatience, fear, fascination and bemusement.

The Rime...


Songs of Innocence and Experience

by William Blake

Songs of Innocence and of Experience compiles two contrasting but directly related books of poetry by William Blake. Songs of Innocence honors and praises the natural world, the natural innocence of children...


The Road Not Taken and Other Selected Poems

by Robert Frost

Robert Frost is one of America's most beloved poets. He won four Pulitzer prizes for his poetry and was invited to read his poetry at John F. Kennedy's inauguration. His life was filled with personal tragedy...


Leaves of Grass

by Walt Whitman

"Leaves of Grass" is a poetry collection by the American poet Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Though the first edition was published in 1855, Whitman spent his entire life writing Leaves of Grass, revising it in...


Paradise Lost

by John Milton

Paradise Lost is one of the most epic, complex theological works to date. Milton's masterpiece in blank verse tells the story of the fall from grace. His protagonist is often read as Satan, who rebels against...


Sonnets from the Portuguese

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnets from the Portuguese is the collection of love poems written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the time leading up to her marriage to Robert Browning. Elizabeth hesitated in publishing the poems, as they...


Don Juan

by Lord Byron

In his satiric poem Don Juan, Lord Byron refigures the legend as a man easily seduced by women, rather than as a dangerous womanizer. When the first two cantos were anonymously published in 1819, they were criticized...


The Odyssey

by Homer

Journey with Ulysses as he battles to bring his victorious, but decimated, troops home from the Trojan War, dogged by the wrath of the god Poseidon at every turn. Having been away for twenty years, little does...


The Aeneid

by Virgil

Follow Aeneid as he flees a burning Troy with his family and sets out on a dangerous journey to found what will one day become The Roman Empire. Thrill with him as he gets caught up in conflicts between the...


Leaves of Grass

by Walt Whitman

From one of America's best loved and most important poets comes a masterpiece. Leaves of Grass is considered by many to be the greatest collection of poetry ever produced by an American. And this, the 1855 First...


Selected Poetry of William Wordsworth

by William Wordsworth, Mark Van Doren & David Bromwich

Selected Poetry of William Wordsworth represents Wordsworth’s prolific output, from the poems first published in Lyrical Ballads in 1798 that changed the face of English poetry to the late “Yarrow Revisited.”...


The Selected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

This comprehensive collection of Emerson's work includes his Address to Harvard Divinity College, his poetry, and the famous essays "Self-Reliance" (Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist), "Compensation",...


Leaves of Grass

by Walt Whitman

Leaves of Grass, first published in 1855, began as Walt Whitman’s collection of twelve unnamed poems, unique for their irregular line lengths and lack of rhyme. Whitman spent the remainder of his life re-writing...


The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe

It is virtually impossible to overstate Edgar Allan Poe's importance in the field of American literature. He is credited not only with inventing or significantly advancing the short story, detective fiction,...


Spoon River Anthology

by Edgar Lee Masters

Spoon River Anthology, by Edgar Lee Masters, is a collection of short free-form poems that collectively describe the life of the fictional small town of Spoon River, named after the real Spoon River that ran...