The great adventure story tells of Odysseus, a veteran of the Trojan War, who - through a landscape peopled with monsters, sea nymphs, evil enchantresses, and vengeful gods - makes his tortuous way home to his faithful wife, Penelope. Shipwrecked numerous times, faced with apparently insurmountable obstacles, offered the temptations of ease, comfort, and even immortality, Odysseus remains steadfast and determined. Themes of courage and perseverance, fidelity and fortitude.
Adopting the methodology of the music charts, The Classic Fifty Poems presents the "top 50" poems of all time. Newly revised, and read by an ensemble of contemporary poets, The Classic Fifty Poems is a feast for poetry lovers.
As either realist or romancer, Henry Lawson was described in his own lifetime as the "first articulate voice of the real Australia", later to become fondly known as the "bard of the bush". His death in 1922 left Australia with a wealth of literary works unequalled by any artist. In this selection of short stories, accompanied by classical music, Lawson captures the true Australian spirit of his fellow countrymen.
Warm and witty, direct and droll, the sharply funny Pam Ayres has been amusing and entertaining her many fans for years. Her humorous observations of daily life touch a chord with anybody who's ever been bewildered by the exercise craze or has yearned after the vanished Spotted Dick.
Mitchell, widely known for his original and definitive translations of spiritual writings and poetry, has taken the work of Neruda (1904-1973), whose poems are passionate, humorous, and exceptionally accessible, and brought them to life for a whole new generation of listeners. Mitchell has selected nearly 50 poems for this collection, which focuses on Neruda's mature period, beginning with Elemental Odes, published when he was 50 years old, and ending with Full Powers, published when he was 58.
Kate Tempest is one of the most exciting and innovative performers to have emerged in spoken-word poetry in many years; her dramatic poem "Brand New Ancients" won the prestigious Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry. Tempest's wholly unique blend of street poetry, rap, and storytelling - combined with the spellbinding delivery of an open-air revivalist - has won her legions of followers all over the UK. Her remarkable stage presence is wholly audible in this poem, a spoken story written to be told with live music.
Speaking from the heart, Oriah Mountain Dreamer invites you to confront the varieties of human experience, from desire and commitment to sorrow and betrayal, and challenges you to open repeatedly to love and life. Unique, practical, and often surprising, The Invitation is an invaluable guide to living the ecstasy of everyday life, learning to recognize true beauty in yourself and the world, and finding the sustenance your spirit longs for.
One of the greatest works in literature, Dante's story-poem is an allegory that represents mankind as it exposes itself, by its merits or demerits, to the rewards or the punishments of justice. A single listen will reveal Dante's visual imagination and uncanny power to make the spiritual visible.
Seamus Heaney’s new translation of Beowulf is a work that is both true to the original poem and an expression of something fundamental to Heaney’s own creative gift.One of the great classics of English literature, it tells the story of a hero who wins glory and learns wisdom and is then called upon to face a final test against the monstrous. There are obvious parallels to be found in the history of the twentieth century, and Heaney’s Beowulf cannot fail to be read partly in the light of his Northern Irish upbringing. But it also transcends such considerations, revealing psychological and spiritual truths that are both permanent and liberating.
John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous friends to read them. The wide variety of carefully selected poetry in this audiobook provides the perfect introduction to reel in those who are new to poetry, and for poetry lovers to experience beloved verses in a fresh, vivid way. Lithgow offers insightful and sometimes poignant commentary to accompany each poem. His essential criterion is that "each poem's light shines more brightly when read aloud".
Rumi has been described as "the most popular poet" in the United States. Rumi's popularity has gone beyond national and ethnic borders. He is considered to be one of the greatest classical poets, by the speakers of Persian language in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. His poetry is still read worldwide today and has been translated into a wide variety of languages including Turkish, Persian, Russian, Asian, English, and Spanish languages.
The landmark selection of poems from the greatest poet of our age, read on audio by Seamus Heaney himself. 'His is "close-up" poetry - close up to thought, to the world, to the emotions. Few writers at work today, in verse or fiction, can give the sense of rich, fecund, lived life that Heaney does.(John Banville )More than any other poet since Wordsworth he can make us understand that the outside world is not outside, but what we are made of. (John Carey)
Wordsworth's The Prelude is the consummation of his achievement as the great founder of English romanticism. An autobiography in verse, it tells of his childhood in the Lake District, his student days in Cambridge, his passion for the French Revolution and his later disenchantment with it. It also tells of his personal journey to a belief in Nature as the great moral and spiritual force which shapes human life, but on which human society all too often turns its back.
Dante's vision, The Divine Comedy, has profoundly affected every generation since it first appeared in the early 14th century. Here is a brief account of his life, compiled from various sources (including his first biographer, Boccaccio) by Benedict Flynn. It sets the known facts of Dante's life against the turmoil of the times, and puts the very personal nature of his poetry into perspective.
The Iliad is one of the most enduring creations of Western Civilization and was originally written to be recited or chanted to the accompaniment of various instruments. Properly performed, this work today is just as meaningful, just as powerful and just as entertaining as it was in the ninth century B.C.,and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.
Vowing at an early age "to be a poet or nothing at all", Hermann Hesse rebelled against formal education, focusing on a rigorous program of independent study that included literature, philosophy, art, and history. One result of these efforts was a series of novels that became counterculture bibles that remain widely influential today. Another was a body of evocative spiritual poetry. Published for the first time in English, these vivid, probing short works reflect deeply on the challenges of life.
Following the publication of his 1986 collection Other Passports, Clive James has emerged as one of the most prominent poets of his generation, going on to publish new works in such mainstream outlets as the TLS, the London Review of Books, the Spectator, the New Yorker, and the Australian Book Review, and now culminating in this updated collection.
In words remarkable for their richness of rhythm and imagery, Milton tells the story of man's creation, fall, and redemption, "to justify the ways of God to men". Here, unabridged, and told with exceptional sensitivity and power by Anton Lesser, is the plight of Adam and Eve, the ambition and vengefulness of Satan and his cohorts.
The definitive collection from a writer whose transgressive legacy and raw, funny, acutely observant writing has left an enduring mark. Here is Bukowski eating walnuts and scratching his back, rolling a cigarette while listening to Brahms, showering with Linda in the midafternoon. Here is Bukowski knowing that the secret is beyond him, that people who never go crazy live truly horrible lives, that there's a bluebird in his heart that wants to get out.
No poet is more closely identified with the First World War than Wilfred Owen. His striking body of work, grim to the point of brutality yet, at the same time, majestic and awe-inspiring, defines the war for us. It is in each of these famous poems that Owen reflects on the four terrible months that he lived through; he conveys the experience of war, the death, the destruction and the filth, through a unique poetic language and a bold artistic vision.
The self-published chapbook has been dead for some time now. But in the 1990s it was a popular form of self-publishing for poets, as most publishing houses had to focus on famous people whose poetry they could sell. This collection brings together three poetry chapbooks from 1991 to 1993, which were self-published at that time, sold, and read aloud by the author at performances in the Lowell, MA area.
In her accomplished second collection of poems, Katrina Vandenberg writes from the intersection of power and forgiveness. With poems named for letters of the Phoenician alphabet, and employing such innovative forms as the ancient ghazal, Vandenberg deciphers the seemingly indecipherable in this extraordinary becoming of self through language.
A young woman's journey to discover religion, heartbreak, love, and a soulmate. In this book you will listen to heartfelt poetry. This is a book for any woman who is seeking a change for the better in their overall future.
The Black Sea of Roses (Poetry, 12) is a part of Vanessa Chattman's poetry series books. This book is the 12th Volume of the Poetry series. The Black Sea of Roses (Poetry, 12) briefly describes the extent of Vanessa Chattman's creative poetic storytelling in the form of fiction. Very few facts are mentioned, but dates and locations are all fiction.
Poetry of the moment - "a smart frown on the political clown in all of us." Violet Headmess, author of The Ice Cream Wars. This is poetry as lyrics for a politicized year. Attack poems, if you prefer, sparing no one and approaching reggae. Wit works well with syncopation after all. The lyrics will be music soon.
Warning: proceed with caution! Careful, these poems may get a little raunchy, stir up adverse feelings, ruffle some feathers, and save the lost! Desire, love, hate, and religion are the racy chapter titles in Jaundiced View, a book of poetry. Are you ready to enliven your soul to the unlimited potential lurking inside? Is your heart searching for healing, purpose, love, and life? You will find healing and more as you embark upon a journey of self-realization with poetry in Jaundiced View.
Chapter two from "Life Bites" - this chapter conjures with the ups (and downs) of love.
Chapter five from "Life Bites" - a collection of adaptations and stories with darker and lighter themes.
Chapter four from "Life Bites" - this chapter deals out a few odd observations and reflections.
Chapter one from "Life Bites" - this chapter takes a sideways glance at the lighter side of life.
Chapter six from "Life Bites" - this chapter takes a look at the darker aspects of life - and things that go bump in the night.
The eight chapter from Life Bites. Please be aware that these are a short series of three eulogies
Chapter Seven from Life Bites - this chapter dispenses (good and bad!) advice for those willing to accept it.
If you want to learn how to write a poem, then get this step-by-step How to Write a Poem guide. In this step-by-step guide, you will learn how to be a poet.
Chapter three from Life Bites. This chapter deals with the intricacies and the ever-present ironies of life.
Gothic master Edgar Allan Poe's complete works are collected in this multivolume set by Blackstone Audio. Here are his short stories, detective fiction, and poems in all their mysterious and macabre glory. Also included are Poe's literary reviews and editorial musings, comprising an often caustic analysis of the poetry, drama, and fiction of the period.
Jalaluddin Rumi is unquestionably one of the greatest spiritual poets of the world. This audio features Robert Bly and Coleman Barks each reading his own versons of Rumi. Brilliant musical accompaniment provides playfulness and ground to great spiritual expression.
In Times of Trials and Triumphs is a testament to the power of resilience in the face of loss, setback, disappointment, failure and challenges. It is the motivation for success, victory and triumph. As human beings, we endure a myriad of trials but we also have the longing to triumph. The words in these poignant poems will serve as your daily companion through the human experiences we encounter every single day.
It is through this light that we are delivered from the dark. This book is a mixture of light and dark poetry.
Here is another street-wise, drive, enlightening and a strong agitation for a purpose book of poetry by Eugene Lucas. If Never Spoken is an emotional, fresh, and encouraging book of poems that will uplift and bring laughter with its verses.