This Just In: Poetry

Five Recently Arrived Titles from the Poetry Section:

Auden: Poems – W. H. Auden

Poems: Auden is just another reminder of Auden’s exhilarating lyric power and his understanding of love and longing in all their sacred and profane guises. One of English poetry’s great 20th century masters, Poems: Auden is the short collection of an exemplary champion of human wisdom in its encounter with the mysteries of experience.

From the delectable Everyman series!

The Last Night of the Earth Poems – Charles Bukowski

The last collection Bukowski published during his lifetime.

Walt Whitman: The Complete Poems – Walt Whitman

In 1855 Walt Whitman published Leaves of Grass, the work that defined him as one of America’s most influential voices and that he added to throughout his life. A collection of astonishing originality and intensity, it spoke of politics, sexual emancipation, and what it meant to be an American. From the joyful “Song of Myself” and “I Sing the Body Electric” to the elegiac “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” Whitman’s art fuses oratory, journalism, and song in a vivid celebration of humanity. Containing all Whitman’s known poetic work, this edition reprints the final, or “deathbed,” edition of Leaves of Grass (1891–92). Earlier versions of many poems are also given, including the 1855 “Song of Myself.”

W. B. Yeats: Collected Poems – W. B. Yeats

W.B. Yeats’ life spanned the end of the nineteeth and the beginning of the twentieth century, and his poetry reflects all the turmoil, fervour, traditions and revolutions of that period. From the quiet beauty of ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ to the apocalyptic resonance of ‘The Second Coming’, this collection shows the impact of a great poet whose startling relevance to our own times grows more and more evident.

The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse – selected by David Norbrook, edited by H. R. Woudhuysen

The era between the accession of Henry VIII and the crisis of the English republic in 1659 formed one of the most fertile epochs in world literature. This anthology offers a broad selection of its poetry, and includes a wide range of works by the great poets of the age – notably Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Sepnser, John Donne, William Shakespeare and John Milton. Poems by less well-known writers also feature prominently – among them significant female poets such as Lady Mary Wroth and Katherine Philips. Compelling and exhilarating, this landmark collection illuminates a time of astonishing innovation, imagination and diversity.