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Philosopher, astronomer and mathematician, Khayyam as a poet possesses a singular originality. His poetry is richly charged with evocative power and offers a view of life characteristic of his stormy times, with striking relevance to the present day. For more…
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Known as a remarkable classicist, Anne Carson weaves contemporary and ancient poetic strands with stunning style in Glass, Irony and God. This collection includes: "The Glass Essay," a powerful poem about the end of a love affair, told in the context of Carson's…

Metamorphoses

by K Ovid

|October 30, 1955

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Mary Innes's classic prose translation of one of the supreme masterpieces of Latin literature "The most beautiful book in the language (my opinion and I suspect it was Shakespeare's)." -Ezra Pound Ovid drew on Greek mythology, Latin folklore and legend from…
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On 15 August 778, Charlemagne’s army was returning from a successful expedition against Saracen Spain when its rearguard was ambushed in a remote Pyrenean pass. Out of this skirmish arose a stirring tale of war, which was recorded in the oldest extant epic…
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Together these two poets-Hesiod, the epic poet, and Theognis, the elegist-offer a superb introduction to the life and thought of ancient Greece. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking…
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An important collection that includes some of the Nobel Prize winner's own favorite poems. "The Sea" A single entity, but no blood. A single caress, death or a rose. The sea comes in and puts our lives together and attacks alone and spreads itself and sing sin…
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The  greatest literary achievement of Greek civilization—an epic poem without rival in world literature and a cornerstone of Western culture The story of the Iliad centers on the critical events in the last year of the Trojan War, which lead to…
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Michael Ondaatje’s new selected poems, The Cinnamon Peeler , brings together poems written between 1963 and 1990, including work from his most recent collection, Secular Love . These poems bear witness to the extraordinary gifts that have won high praise…
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The first volume of Dante's Divine Comedy Guided by the poet Virgil, Dante plunges to the very depths of Hell and embarks on his arduous journey towards God. Together they descend through the nine circles of the underworld and encounter the tormented souls of…
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A new verse rendering of the great epic of ancient Mesopotamia, one of the oldest works in Western Literature. Ferry makes Gilgamesh available in the kind of energetic and readable translation that Robert Fitzgerald and Richard Lattimore have provided for.
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Daryl Hine, a Canadian poet who has travelled widely, frequently records in his verse the quality of this travelling and the characteristics of the places he has visited. None of these places has he described more precisely and more poignantly than Paris, where…
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The second volume in Dante's Divine Comedy  Beginning with Dante's liberation from Hell, Purgatory relates his ascent, accompanied by Virgil, of the Mount of Purgatory - a mountain of nine levels, formed from rock forced upwards when God threw Satan into…