Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Milton's great 17th-century epic draws upon Bible stories and classical mythology to explore the meaning of existence, as understood by people of the Western world. R. Its roots lie in the genesis account of the world's creation and the first humans; its focus is a poetic interpretation "Of Man's first disobedience, and the fruit / Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste / Brought death into the world, and all our woe / With loss of Eden.
Paradise Lost Dover Thrift Editions - In sublime poetry of extraordinary beauty, the Iliad and Odyssey, Milton's poem references tales from Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Virgil's Aeneid. R. In addition to its imaginative use of language, the poem features a powerful and sympathetic portrait of Lucifer, the rebel angel who frequently outshines his moral superiors.
Selected Canterbury TalesDover Publications - Highly entertaining, they represent an excellent entree to the rest of The Canterbury Tales and to the pleasures of medieval poetry in general. Now three of the most popular tales — along with the charming General Prologue have been selected for this edition: The Knight's Tale, The Miller's Prologue and Tale, and The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale.
Animated by chaucer's sly humor, flair for characterization and wise humanity, the stories have been recast into modern verse that captures the lively spirit of the originals. At the tabard inn in southwark, in the london of the late 1300s, a band of men and women from all walks of life have gathered to begin a pilgrimage to the shrine of Thomas à Becket at Canterbury.
Selected Canterbury Tales - A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. To relieve the tedium of the journey, the host of the inn proposes that each of the pilgrims tell a favorite story, promising that the best storyteller will be treated to a fi ne dinner on the group's return to Southwark. So begins one of the earliest masterpieces of english literature, a collection of stories as much prized for the portraits of its story tellers as for the stories they tell — portraits that reveal much of the rich social fabric of 14th-century England.
The Essays: A Selection Penguin ClassicsPenguin Classics - A survey of one of the giants of renaissance thought, The Essays: A Selection collects some of Michel de Montaigne's most startling and original works, translated from the French and edited with an introduction and notes by M. A. M. A. On some lines of virgil opens out into a frank discussion of sexuality and makes a revolutionary case for the equality of the sexes.
These diverse subjects are united by Montaigne's distinctive voice - that of a tolerant man, sceptical, humane, often humorous and utterly honest in his pursuit of the truth. Screech in Penguin Classics. To overcome a crisis of melancholy after the death of his father, Montaigne withdrew to his country estates and began to write, and, and in the highly original essays that resulted he discussed themes such as fathers and children, coaches and cannibals, above all, conscience and cowardice, himself.
The Essays: A Selection Penguin Classics - Penguin Classics. Michel de montaigne 1533-1586 studied law and spent a number of years working as a counsellor before devoting his life to reading, writing and reflection. In his introduction, he examines Montaigne's life and times, and the remarkable self-portrait that emerges from his works. If you enjoyed the essays: a selection, you might like Francis Bacon's The Essays, also available in Penguin Classics.
In on experience he superbly propounds his thoughts on the right way to live, while other essays touch on issues of an age struggling with religious and intellectual strife, with France torn apart by civil war.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Dover Books on Literature & DramaDover Publications - Penguin Classics. This parable blends paganistic elements and Christian ethics to celebrate the virtue of forgiveness, and it is frequently assigned to classes in literature and history because of its short length and its excellent representation of chivalric tradition. When a gigantic stranger clad in green armor bursts in on the Round Table assembly to issue a challenge, the gallant Gawain volunteers to do battle for his king.
Brave and chivalrous, faithful to his word and ever-mindful of his honor, as well as others', Gawain represents the model of knightly grace. This prose rendering of a poem from the late fourteenth century or earlier recounts an adventure undertaken by King Arthur's famous nephew, Sir Gawain.
A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works Dover Thrift EditionsDover Publications - Gulliver's travels is, his world-renowned masterpiece in the genre; however, Swift wrote other, of course, shorter works that also offer excellent evidence of his inspired lampoonery. Dover Publications. Perhaps the most famous of these is "A Modest Proposal, " in which he straight-facedly suggests that Ireland could solve its hunger problems by using its children for food.
Also included in this collection are "the battle of the books, " "A Meditation upon a Broomstick, " "A Discourse Concerning the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit, " and "An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity in England. This inexpensive edition will certainly be welcomed by teachers and students of English literature, but its appeal extends to any reader who delights in watching a master satirist wield words as weapons.
A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works Dover Thrift Editions - The originality, concentrated power and "fierce indignation" of his satirical writing have earned Jonathan Swift 1667–1745 a reputation as the greatest prose satirist in English language. Penguin Classics.
Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy, 4th Ed.Hackett Publishing Company - This edition contains donald cress's completely revised translation of the Meditations from the corrected Latin edition and recent corrections to Discourse on Method, bringing this version even closer to Descartes's original, while maintaining the clear and accessible style of a classic teaching edition.
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The Divine Comedy: Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso Everyman's LibraryEveryman's Library - It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense recreation of the depths and the heights of human experience, has become the key with which Western civilization has sought to unlock the mystery of its own identity. Mandelbaum’s astonishingly dantean translation, which captures so much of the life of the original, renders whole for us the masterpiece of that genius whom our greatest poets have recognized as a central model for all poets.
Everyman s Library. Hackett. This everyman’s library edition–containing in one volume all three cantos, and Paradiso–includes an introduction by Nobel Prize—winning poet Eugenio Montale, notes, a chronology, Inferno, Purgatorio, and a bibliography. Penguin Classics. Dover Publications. Also included are forty-two drawings selected from Botticelli's marvelous late-fifteenth-century series of illustrations.
The Divine Comedy: Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso Everyman's Library - Translated in this edition by allen Mandelbaum, The Divine Comedy begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year 1300 .
Le Morte D'Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table Signet ClassicsSignet - Everyman s Library. Hackett. From the incredible wizadry of merlin to the passion of Gwynevere and Sir Lancelot, these tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table offer epic adventures with the supernatural as well as timeless battles with our own humanity. In a time when there were damsels in distress to save and mythical dragons to slay, King Arthur and his knights were there to render justice in the face of any danger.
Keith baine's splendid rendition of le morte d'Arthur faithfully preserves the original flavor of Malory's masterpiece—that of banners and bloodshed, knights and ladies, Christians and sorcerers, sentiment and savagery. Dover Publications. It remains a vivid medieval tapestry woven about a central figure who symbolizes the birth of an age of chivalry.
Le Morte D'Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table Signet Classics - Includes an introduction by Robert Gravesand an Afterword by Christopher Cannon Penguin Classics.
King Lear Folger Shakespeare LibrarySimon & Schuster - We also see old age portrayed in all its vulnerability, perhaps, pride, and, wisdom—one reason this most devastating of Shakespeare’s tragedies is also perhaps his most moving. The play tells us about families struggling between greed and cruelty, on the one hand, and support and consolation, on the other.
Great product! Hackett. For more information, visit Folger. Edu. Dover Publications. Its figures harden their hearts, engage in violence, or try to alleviate the suffering of others. Emotions are extreme, magnified to gigantic proportions. The authoritative edition of king lear from the folger shakespeare library, dc, the trusted and widely used shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes: -freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play -Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play -Scene-by-scene plot summaries -A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases -An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books -An annotated guide to further reading Essay by Susan Snyder The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe.
King Lear Folger Shakespeare Library - Lear himself rages until his sanity cracks. Penguin Classics. Everyman s Library. What, in large part, keeps bringing us back to king Lear? For all the force of its language, King Lear is almost equally powerful when translated, then, suggesting that it is the story, that draws us to the play.
The Divine Comedy The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The ParadisoBerkley - Everyman s Library. Penguin Classics. Dover Publications. Great product! . New american Library. Crystallizing the power and beauty inherent in the great poet’s immortal conception of the aspiring soul, The Divine Comedy is a dazzling work of sublime truth and mystical intensity. The authoritative translations of The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso—together in one volume.
Belonging in the immortal company of the great works of literature, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, Dante Alighieri’s poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, is a moving human drama, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise—the sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation.
The Divine Comedy The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso - Now, the purgatorio, for the first time, john ciardi’s brilliant and authoritative translations of Dante’s three soaring canticles—The Inferno, and The Paradiso—have been gathered together in a single volume. Hackett.
Great Sonnets Dover Thrift EditionsDover Publications - Robinson, dunbar, MacLeish, and many more. In this inexpensive treasury, lovers of poetry can study and savor the ways in which a host of great poets used the versatile sonnet form to express everything from the "light conceits of love" to the most profound meditations. Includes two selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative: "The New Colossus" and "Ozymandias.
Penguin Classics. All have been carefully chosen for distinction in style or substance or both. Included are such masterpieces of the form as: "shall i compare thee to a summer's day?" by shakespeare; "death be not proud" by Donne; "On His Blindness" by Milton; "The World Is Too Much with Us" by Wordsworth; "Ozymandias" by Shelley; "On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer" by Keats; "How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways" by E.
Great Sonnets Dover Thrift Editions - Everyman s Library. A. Hackett. New american Library. Included are great sonnets by the greatest poets. One of the most powerfully moving and evocative forms of poetry, the sonnet has been popular for more than 450 years. Unlike many other poetic genres, the sonnet has never gone out of fashion and its popularity today remains unabated.