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The Odyssey

by Homer. Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Odyssey / Homer; translated by Samuel Butler. The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work ascribed to Homer. The Odyssey...


Poetry

by Wilfred Owen Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Wilfred Owen was a soldier and poet during the second half of the first World War. His poetry, contrary to the propaganda of the time, dealt with the horrors of front-line trench warfare and was written at least...


Tales of Darkness and Light

by Soso Tham Open Book Publishers (April 26, 2018)

Soso Tham was an Indian poet who worked at a time when English was slowly effacing the nuances of ancient Indian culture. Now, however, in Janet Hujon’s valuable translation, English is the very medium that...


The Forerunner

by Khalil Gibran Standard Ebooks (April 18, 2018)

Published in 1920, The Forerunner: His Parables and Poems is the second collection of philosophical poetry and short stories by Lebanese author Khalil Gibran. A spiritual successor to The Madman, The Forerunner...


The Madman

by Khalil Gibran Standard Ebooks (April 03, 2018)

Published in 1918, The Madman: His Parables and Poems is the first collection of philosophical poetry and short stories by Lebanese author Khalil Gibran. The Madman is the first work by Gibran that was originally...


Venus and Adonis

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Venus and Adonis is a poem by William Shakespeare, written in 1592-93, with a plot based on passages from Ovid's Metamorphoses. It is a complex, kaleidoscopic work, using constantly shifting tone and perspective...


The Aeneid of Virgil (I-VI)

by Virgil Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem written by Virgil in the 1st century BC (between 29 and 19 BC) that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who traveled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans....


To the Queen

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"To the Queen" (or "To The Queen by the players") is a short poem attributed to William Shakespeare. It was included in 2007 by Jonathan Bate in his complete Shakespeare edition for the Royal Shakespeare Company....


The Iliad & The Odyssey

by Homer Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

While Homer's existence as a historical person is still a topic of debate, the writings attributed to the name have made their mark not only on Greek history and literature, but upon western civilization itself....


The Divine Comedy

by Dante Alighieri Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Dante Alighieri's poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious...


Sylvie and Bruno

by Lewis Carroll Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

- One little picture in this book, the Magic Locket, at p. 77, was drawn by 'Miss Alice Havers.' I did not state this on the title-page, since it seemed only due, to the artist of all these (to my mind) wonderful...


The Prophet

by Kahlil Gibran Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Prophet is a book of 26 poetic essays written in English in 1923 by the Lebanese-American artist, philosopher and writer Khalil Gibran. In the book, the prophet Almustafa who has lived in the foreign city...


Helen of Troy

by Andrew Lang Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In Greek mythology, Helen, better known as Helen of Sparta or Helen of Troy, was daughter of Zeus and Leda, wife of king Menelaus of Sparta and sister of Castor, Polydeuces and Clytemnestra. Her abduction by...


The Raven

by Edgar Allan Poe Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"The Raven" is a narrative poem by the American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe. It was published for the first time on January 29, 1845, in the New York Evening Mirror. Noted for its musicality, stylized language...


The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

by Omar Khayyam Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

This is the first and most famous English translation of the The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. As a work of English literature FitzGerald's version of these poems, originally written in the Persian language, is...


Paradise Lost

by John Milton Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. It was originally published in 1667 in ten books; a second edition followed in 1674, redivided into twelve books (in...


Night and Day

by Virginia Woolf Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Set in Edwardian London, Night and Day contrasts the daily lives and romantic attachments of two acquaintances, Katharine Hilbery and Mary Datchet. The novel examines the relationships between love, marriage,...


The Professor

by Charlotte Brontë Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Professor was the first novel by Charlotte Brontë. It was originally written before Jane Eyre and rejected by many publishing houses, but was eventually published posthumously in 1857.

The book is the story...


The Wild Knight and Other Poems

by Gilbert Keith Chesterton Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A collection of poems that tend to revolve around the theme of the wonder of the world. From LibriVox


The Iliad of Homer

by Homer. Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Translated into English Blank Verse by William Cowper.

The Iliad is, together with the Odyssey, one of two ancient Greek epic poems traditionally attributed to Homer. The poem is commonly dated to the late 9th...


The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

by Omar Khayyam Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Omar Khayyám was a medieval Iranian mathemetician, philosopher, scholar, and poet. He was thought to have composed over 1,000 rubáiyát, or quatrains, in his lifetime. Many different scholars have translated...


Poetry

by T. S. Eliot Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Poetry of T. S. Eliot collects all of his early work through “The Waste Land.” Poems like “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “Whispers of Immortality,” and “Gerontion” ponder aging and mortality,...


Poetry

by John Keats Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

John Keats’ poems are a major part of the second wave of English Romantic poetry. They portray settings loaded with symbolism and sensuality, and draw heavily on Greek and Roman myth along with romanticised...


Idylls of the King

by Alfred Lord Tennyson Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Idylls are a series of twelve long blank verse poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, telling the tale of Arthur and his round table. While some of them are stories of adventure and daring of the kind you’d expect...


North of Boston

by Robert Frost Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

North of Boston is Robert Frost’s second collection of poetry. It includes some of his more famous poems, like “Mending Wall,” “Home Burial,” and “After Apple-Picking.”


Lyrical Ballads

by William Wordsworth & Samuel Taylor Coleridge Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Lyrical Ballads is a collection of poems by William Wordsworth and his friend and contemporary, Samuel Taylor Coleridge. A hugely influential work, Lyrical Ballads is generally acknowledged to have started the...


Sonnets from the Portuguese

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Sonnets from the Portuguese is a collection of forty-four love sonnets. Despite what the title suggests, Browning in fact composed the sonnets in English. She decided to frame them as “translations” because...


Gitanjali

by Rabindranath Tagore Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Widely regarded as one of the most important figures in Indian (and more specifically Bengali) literary history, Rabindranath Tagore was the first Indian (and indeed the first person outside Europe) to win the...


Cautionary Tales for Children

by Hilaire Belloc Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd. (February 12, 2018)

Cautionary Tales for Children: Designed for the Admonition of Children between the ages of eight and fourteen years is a parody of the cautionary tales that were popular in the 19th century. The book contains...


Manekine, John and Blonde, and "Foolish Generosity"

by Philippe de Remi Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

Philippe de Remi (1200/1210–65) holds a remarkable position in the legacy of the thirteenth-century literary world. A layman, landholder, and professional administrator, rather than a court poet or member...


Memory of Fire

by Clare Maynard Cambria Books (January 30, 2018)

Memory of Fire is a collection of poems composed by Clare Maynard while traveling between Wales and Germany and in other parts of Europe over a period of ten years. The majority of the poems were written in...