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Poetry Collection (1,465 Books)


The World Public Library Poetry Collection shelves over 8,000 of the most popular English poems ever composed, spanning over five hundred years.

 
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Marius the Epicurean : His Sensations and Ideas Volume II of Ii, 1885

By: Walter Horatio Pater ; edited by Alfred J. Drake

Victorian Literature

Excerpts: THE very finest flower of the same company?Aurelius with the gilt fasces borne before him, a crowd of exquisites, the empress Faustina herself, and all the elegant blue-stockings of the day, who maintained, it was said, their own private sophists to whisper philosophy into their ears as they made their toilets?was assembled again a few months later, in a different place and for a very different purpose. The temple of Peace, a foundation of Hadrian?s, enlarged b...

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Studies in the History of the Renaissance

By: Walter Horatio Pater ; edited by Alfred J. Drake

Victorian Literature

Excerpts: MANY attempts have been made by writers on art and poetry to define beauty in the abstract, to express it in the most general terms, to find a universal formula for it. The value of such attempts has most often been in the suggestive and penetrating things said by the way. Such discussions help us very little to enjoy what has been well done in art or poetry, to discriminate between what is more and what is less excellent in them, or to use words like beauty, e...

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The Renaissance : Studies in Art and Poetry

By: Walter Horatio Pater ; edited by Alfred J. Drake

Victorian Literature

Excerpts: The objects with which aesthetic criticism deals, music, poetry, artistic and accomplished forms of human life, are indeed receptacles of so many powers or forces; they possess, like natural elements, so many virtues or qualities. What is this song or picture, this engaging personality presented in life or in a book, to me? What effect does it really produce on me? Does it give me pleasure? and if so, what sort or degree of pleasure? How is my nature modified b...

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The Renaissance : Studies in Art and Poetry

By: Walter Horatio Pater ; edited by Alfred J. Drake

Victorian Literature

Excerpts: What is important, then, is not that the critic should possess a correct abstract definition of beauty for the intellect, but a certain kind of temperament, the power of being deeply moved by the presence of beautiful objects. He will remember always that beauty exists in many forms. To him all periods, types, schools of taste, are in themselves equal. In all ages there have been some excellent workmen, and some excellent work done. The question he asks is alwa...

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The Renaissance : Studies in Art and Poetry

By: Walter Horatio Pater ; edited by Alfred J. Drake

Victorian Literature

Excerpts: But it is in Italy, in the fifteenth century, that the interest of the Renaissance mainly lies,?in that solemn fifteenth century which can hardly be studied too much, not merely for its positive results in the things of the intellect and the imagination, its concrete works of art, its special and prominent personalities, with their profound aesthetic charm, but for its general spirit and character, for the ethical qualities of which it is a consummate type.

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Acharnians

By: Aristophanes ; Translated by George Theodoridis

Classic Literature

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Acharnians

By: Aristophanes ; Translated by George Theodoridis

Classic Literature

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Agamemnon

By: Aeschylus ; Translated by George Theodoridis

Classic Literature

Excerpt: We are surprised by the fact that though we see no one on the stage we hear, somewhere in the deep of darkness, the solitary voice of a man humming nervously to himself - an awkward, tentative tune, full of fear and foreboding.

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A Honeycomb for Aphrodite

By: Publius Ovidius Naso (Ovid) ; Translated by A.S. Kline

Classic Literature

Excerpt: There is a myth that is at the heart of the myths. It is a myth of Crete, but annexed to a myth of Athens, and it contains a metaphor, a set of metaphors, about art. Beautiful in itself, and ultimately mysterious in the power of its associations it refers beyond itself to the whole artistic, perhaps also the whole scientific project. The central myth is about Theseus, and Ariadne and the Labyrinth at Cnossos, but parallel to it and interwoven with it is the myth of Daedalus, the maker.

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Anna Akhmatova Forty-Five Poems

By: Anna Akhmatova ; Translated by A.S. Kline

Classic Literature

Excerpt: ?Now the pillow?s,? Now the pillow?s, hot on both sides. A second candle dies, the ravens cry there, endlessly. No sleep all night, too late to think of sleep? How unbearably white the blind?s white deep. Hello, Morning!

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Anna Akhmatova Forty-Five Poems

By: Anna Akhmatova ; Translated by A.S. Kline

Classic Literature

Excerpt: ?Now the pillow?s,? Now the pillow?s, hot on both sides. A second candle dies, the ravens cry there, endlessly. No sleep all night, too late to think of sleep? How unbearably white the blind?s white deep. Hello, Morning!

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Antigone

By: Sophocles ; Translated by George Theodoridis

Classic Literature

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Antigone

By: Sophocles ; Translated by George Theodoridis

Classic Literature

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Selected Poems of Guillaume Apollinaire

By: Guillaume Apollinaire ; Translated by A.S. Kline

Classic Literature

Excerpt: Under the Mirabeau flows the Seine And our amours Shall I remember it again Joy always followed after Pain Comes the night sounds the hour The days go by I endure Hand in hand rest face to face While underneath The bridge of our arms there races So weary a wave of eternal gazes Comes the night sounds the hour The days go by I endure Love vanishes like the water?s flow Love vanishes How life is slow And how Hope lives blow by blow Comes the night sounds the hour ...

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Selected Poems of Guillaume Apollinaire

By: Guillaume Apollinaire ; Translated by A.S. Kline

Classic Literature

Excerpt: Under the Mirabeau flows the Seine And our amours Shall I remember it again Joy always followed after Pain Comes the night sounds the hour The days go by I endure Hand in hand rest face to face While underneath The bridge of our arms there races So weary a wave of eternal gazes Comes the night sounds the hour The days go by I endure Love vanishes like the water?s flow Love vanishes How life is slow And how Hope lives blow by blow Comes the night sounds the hour ...

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Ovid : The Art of Love

By: Publius Ovidius Naso (Ovid) ; Translated by A.S. Kline

Classic Literature

Excerpt: Should anyone here not know the art of love, read this, and learn by reading how to love. By art the boat?s set gliding, with oar and sail, by art the chariot?s swift: love?s ruled by art. Automedon was skilled with Achilles? chariot reins, Tiphys in Thessaly was steersman of the Argo, Venus appointed me as guide to gentle Love: I?ll be known as Love?s Tiphys, and Automedon. It?s true Love?s wild, and one who often flouts me: but he?s a child of tender years, fi...

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Ovid : The Art of Love

By: Publius Ovidius Naso (Ovid) ; Translated by A.S. Kline

Classic Literature

Excerpt: Should anyone here not know the art of love, read this, and learn by reading how to love. By art the boat?s set gliding, with oar and sail, by art the chariot?s swift: love?s ruled by art. Automedon was skilled with Achilles? chariot reins, Tiphys in Thessaly was steersman of the Argo, Venus appointed me as guide to gentle Love: I?ll be known as Love?s Tiphys, and Automedon. It?s true Love?s wild, and one who often flouts me: but he?s a child of tender years, fi...

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Aucassin and Nicolette

By: Anonymous ; Translated by A.S. Kline

Classic Literature

Excerpt: The author is unknown. The piece was clearly intended for acting out, and the manuscript itself contains musical phrases in trochaic mode, written in troubadour style showing notes and intervals but not rhythm. Readers interested in further comment on, might enjoy reading Walter Pater?s essay of 1872 in his collection...

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Aucassin and Nicolette

By: Anonymous ; Translated by A.S. Kline

Classic Literature

Excerpt: The piece was clearly intended for acting out, and the manuscript itself contains musical phrases in trochaic mode, written in troubadour style showing notes and intervals but not rhythm. Readers interested in further comment on, might enjoy reading Walter Pater?s essay of 1872 in his collection...

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Bacchants

By: Euripides ; Translated by George Theodoridis

Classic Literature

Excerpt: Before the royal palace of Thebes. The wall which depicts the palace has three doors, the main door at the centre and two other smaller ones on either side. Two or three steps separate the palace from the ground.

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