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This volume is a much-needed new selection of Seamus Heaney's work, taking account of recent volumes and of the author's work as a translator, and offering a more generous choice from previous volumes. Opened Ground: Poems 1966-1996 comes as close to being a…

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The poems in Sylvia Plath's Ariel , including many of her best-known such as 'Lady Lazarus', 'Daddy', 'Edge' and 'Paralytic', were all written between the publication in 1960 of Plath's first book, The Colossus , and her death in 1963. 'If the poems…

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W.B. Yeats's Selected Poems is edited with an introduction and notes by Timothy Webb in Penguin Modern Classics. Few have lived their ideas so passionately and nobly as W.B. Yeats in his love affairs, politics and poetry. From his youth in the 1880s, a fertile…

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The procession that crosses Chaucer's pages is as full of life and as richly textured as a medieval tapestry. The Knight, the Miller, the Friar, the Squire, the Prioress, the Wife of Bath, and others who make up the cast of characters -- including Chaucer…

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Thomas Hardy abandoned the novel form at the turn of the century, probably after public reaction to  Jude the Obscure , but continued to write verse displaying a wide variety of metrical styles and stanza forms and a broad scope of tone and attitude. This…

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With this collection, renowned Colridge biographer Richard Holmes casts new light on the poets sensibilities and accomplishments. Holmes divides the poems into eight categories of theme and genre, dispelling the myth of Coleridge as "the metaphysical dreamer" and…

John Donne: The Poems

by Joe Nutt

|November 13, 1999

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John Donne's poems are some of the most challenging and stimulating in the English literary heritage. One of the Renaissance's most human voices, his reputation as a poet has grown steadily since his death in 1631, fueled by poets like Coleridge, Browning, and…

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The author of Treasure Island and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is known all over the world as a master storyteller, yet his achievements as a poet have been strangely neglected. This book reveals how much we have been missing. Fascinated by a wide variety of verse…

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Words for Music Perhaps and Other Poems (1932) has been called W. B. Yeats's finest single volume. It features not only the great series for which it is named-a series that includes the Crazy Jane poems-but also single poems such as "Byzantium" and "Coole Park,…

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Republican, pagan, a sensualist alive to pleasure and to pain, Swinburne flouted the rules of Victorian decorum and morality in his life and work He created a unique means of expression through what Tennyson called his 'wonderful rhythmic invention', and yet…

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Felicia Hemans (1793-1835) was one of the most popular and influential poets of the 19th century. Her work explores the meaning of being a woman, along with the character and history of the female sex.

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A captivating collection of enduring verse by one of the Victorian era's most beloved poets Rossetti is unique among Victorian poets for the sheer range of her subject matter and the variety of her verse form. This collection brings together fantasy poems, such…