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Poetry History & Criticism

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  • Reading Visual Poetry

    by Willard Bohn ...
    Visual poetry can be defined as poetry that is meant to be seen. Combining painting and poetry, it attempts to synthesize the principles underlying each discipline. Visual poems are immediately recognizable by their refusal to adhere to a rectilinear grid and by their tendency to flout their plasticity. In contrast to traditional poetry, they are conceived not only as literary works but also as ... Read more

    $64.34 AUD

  • The Ode Less Travelled

    Unlocking the Poet Within

    by Stephen Fry ...
    Stephen Fry believes that if you can speak and read English you can write poetry. But it is no fun if you don't know where to start or have been led to believe that Anything Goes.Stephen, who has long written poems, and indeed has written long poems, for his own private pleasure, invites you to discover the incomparable delights of metre, rhyme and verse forms.Whether you want to write a ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Goodbye to All That

    by Robert Graves ...
    series Penguin Modern Classics
    In 1929 Robert Graves went to live abroad permanently, vowing 'never to make England my home again'. This is his superb account of his life up until that 'bitter leave-taking': from his childhood and desperately unhappy school days at Charterhouse, to his time serving as a young officer in the First World War that was to haunt him throughout his life.It also contains memorable encounters with ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • What W. H. Auden Can Do for You

    series Writers on Writers #5
    When facing a moral dilemma, Isabel Dalhousie--Edinburgh philosopher, amateur detective, and title character of a series of novels by best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith--often refers to the great twentieth-century poet W. H. Auden. This is no accident: McCall Smith has long been fascinated by Auden. Indeed, the novelist, best known for his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, calls the ... Read more

    $29.03 AUD $19.35 AUD

  • Complete Works of Ovid (Delphi Classics)

    series Delphi Ancient Classics #10
    Shakespeare's favourite poet, deserves a place in the digital library of all lovers of classic literature. The Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Latin and Greek texts. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works of Ovid, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual ... Read more

    $2.98 AUD

  • Gwen Harwood: Selected Poems

    Selected Poems

    by Gwen Harwood ...
    This new selection of Gwen Hardwood's work includes poems from The Present Tense, published shortly before her death in 1995, as well as poems not included in earlier editions of Selected Poems. ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (Delphi Classics)

    series Delphi Series Three #7
    Geoffrey Chaucer, regarded by many as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, whose ‘Canterbury Tales’ helped establish the legitimacy of Middle English, at a time when the dominant literary languages in England were French and Latin. The first volume of Delphi Classics’ Series Three offers the complete works of Geoffrey Chaucer, with ... Read more

    $2.98 AUD

  • Complete Works of John Milton (Delphi Classics)

    series Delphi Poets Series #19
    John Milton, whose epic poem ‘Paradise Lost’ is widely regarded as the greatest exemplar of its form in the English language, created a body of poetry and prose that reflected his strong personal convictions and passion for freedom during the political turmoil of his day. The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature's finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents ... Read more

    $2.98 AUD

  • The Journals of Sylvia Plath

    by Sylvia Plath ...
    The Journals of Sylvia Plath offers an intimate portrait of the author of the extraordinary poems for which Plath is so widely loved, but it is also characterized by a prose of vigorous immediacy which places it alongside The Bell Jar as a work of literature. These exact and complete transcriptions of the journals kept by Plath for the last twelve years of her life - covering her marriage to Ted ... Read more

    $20.45 AUD

  • Ulysses

    by James Joyce ...
    In the past, Ulysses has been labeled dirty, blasphemous, and even unreadable. None of these adjectives, however, do the slightest justice to the novel. To this day it remains the modernist masterpiece, in which the author takes both Celtic lyricism and vulgarity to splendid extremes. It is funny, sorrowful, and even (in a close-focus sort of way) suspenseful. And despite the exegetical industry ... Read more


  • A Ghost in the Throat

    A true original. In this stunningly unusual prose debut, Doireann Ní Ghríofa sculpts essay and autofiction to explore inner life and the deep connection felt between two writers centuries apart. In the 1700s, an Irish noblewoman, on discovering her husband has been murdered, drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary poem. Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire, ... Read more

    $8.46 AUD

  • The Road Not Taken and other Selected Poems

    by Robert Frost ...
    Robert Frost is one of America's most beloved poets. He won four Pulitzer prizes for his poetry and was invited to read his poetry at John F. Kennedy's inauguration. His life was filled with personal tragedy which his poetry often reflected. Collected here are The Road Not Taken, The Death Of The Hired Man, The Mountain, Fire and Ice, The Generations Of Men, The Grindstone, The Witch of Coös, A ... Read more

    $1.48 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters

    by Adam Nicolson ...
    Longlisted for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction (now the Bailie Gifford)‘A thrilling and complex book, enlarges our view of Homer … There’s something that hits the mark on every page’ Claire Tomalin, Books of the Year, New StatesmanLonglisted for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-FictionIn this passionate and deeply personal book, Adam Nicolson sets out to explain why these great ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • The Canterbury Tales

    series Oxford World's Classics
    'Whoever best acquits himself, and tells The most amusing and instructive tale, Shall have a dinner, paid for by us all...' In Chaucer's most ambitious poem, The Canterbury Tales (c. 1387), a group of pilgrims assembles in an inn just outside London and agree to entertain each other on the way to Canterbury by telling stories. The pilgrims come from all ranks of society, from the crusading Knight ... Read more

    $8.97 AUD

  • Selected Poems of T. S. Eliot

    by T. S. Eliot ...
    As a poet, editor and essayist, T. S. Eliot was one of the defining figures of twentieth century poetry. This selection, which was made by Eliot himself, includes many of his most celebrated works, including The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and The Waste Land.Other volumes in this series: Auden, Betjemen, Plath, Hughes and Yeats. ... Read more

    $13.63 AUD

  • Human Chain

    by Seamus Heaney ...
    Seamus Heaney's new collection elicits continuities and solidarities, between husband and wife, child and parent, then and now, inside an intently remembered present - the stepping stones of the day, the weight and heft of what is passed from hand to hand, lifted and lowered. Human Chain also broaches larger questions of transmission, as lifelines to the inherited past. There are newly minted ... Read more

    $11.43 AUD

  • The Odyssey

    Translated by Robert Fitzgerald

    by Homer ...
    Translated by Robert Fitzgerald ...
    Penelope has been waiting for her husband Odysseus to return from Troy for many years. Little does she know that his path back to her has been blocked by astonishing and terrifying trials. Will he overcome the hideous monsters, beautiful witches and treacherous seas that confront him? This rich and beautiful adventure story is one of the most influential works of literature in the world. ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • The Complete Poems and Plays of T. S. Eliot

    by T. S. Eliot ...
    Poet, dramatist, critic and editor, T. S. Eliot was one of the defining figures of twentieth-century poetry. This edition of The Complete Poems and Plays, published for the first time in paperback, includes all of his verse and work for the stage, from Prufrock and Other Observations (1917) to Four Quartets (1943), and includes such literary landmarks as The Waste Land, Old Possum's Book of ... Read more

    $20.45 AUD

  • Poems

    The Centenary Edition

    This is the definitive centenary edition of the work of one of America's greatest poets, recognised today as a master of her art and acclaimed by poets and readers alike. Her poems display honesty and humour, grief and acceptance, observing nature and human nature with painstaking accuracy. They often start outwardly, with geography and landscape - from New England and Nova Scotia, where Bishop ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD $14.99 AUD

  • The Silent Woman

    Sylvia Plath And Ted Hughes

    by Janet Malcolm ...
    The Silent Woman is a brilliant, elegantly reasoned meditation on the nature of biography. Janet Malcolm (author of Reading Chekhov, The Journalist and the Murderer, In the Freud Archives) examines the biographies of Sylvia Plath, with particular focus on Anne Stevenson's controversial Bitter Fruit, to discover how Plath became the enigma of literary history, and how the legend continues to exert ... Read more

    $17.70 AUD

  • Red Comet

    A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2021

    by Heather Clark ...
    **A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2021**The first biography of this great and tragic poet that takes advantage of a wealth of new material, this is an unusually balanced, comprehensive and definitive life of Sylvia Plath.*WINNER OF THE SLIGHTLY FOXED PRIZE 2021**A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE DAILY TELEGRAPH AND THE TIMES*Determined not to read Plath's work as if her eve... ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • And Still I Rise

    A beautiful and inspiring collection of poetry by Maya Angelou, author of I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS and 'a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman' (BARACK OBAMA).'I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it's like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • This Is Shakespeare

    How to Read the World's Greatest Playwright

    by Emma Smith ...
    series Pelican Books
    A THE TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019'The best introduction to the plays I've read, perhaps the best book on Shakespeare, full stop' Alex Preston, Observer'It makes you impatient to see or re-read the plays at once' Hilary MantelA genius and prophet whose timeless works encapsulate the human condition like no others. A writer who surpassed his contemporaries in vision, originality and literary mastery ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Bright Star

    The Complete Poems and Selected Letters

    by John Keats ...
    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DIRECTOR JANE CAMPIONJohn Keats died in penury and relative obscurity in 1821, aged only 25. He is now seen as one of the greatest English poets and a genius of the Romantic age. This collection, which contains all his most memorable works and a selection of his letters, is a feast for the senses, displaying Keats' gift for gorgeous imagery and sensuous language, his ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD