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See below for a selection of the latest books from Poetry category. Presented with a red border are the Poetry books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Poetry books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Gypsy and the Candy Floss Queen

The Gypsy and the Candy Floss Queen

Author: George Jowett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

Pearl Text and Translation

Pearl Text and Translation

Author: Jane Beal Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

The fourteenth-century Middle English poem Pearl is one of the best dream vision poems ever written, yet its Language (the North-west Midlands dialect of late-medieval England) and literary allusions (to biblical, mythological, and medieval works) make it difficult for modern readers to understand. This new dual-Language of Pearl provides the original Middle English with a facing-page modern English translation. It includes a comprehensive introduction, annotations of key words and ideas, reproduction of the four manuscript Illustrations, a literary sourcebook, and lists of biblical sources, significant liturgical dates, and the concatenation words. Literary and biblical sources for the poem are provided as appendices.

Beethoven Variations Poems on a Life

Beethoven Variations Poems on a Life

Author: Ruth Padel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

From the author of the bestselling Darwin: A Life in Poems, Ruth Padel's new collection follows in the footsteps of one of the world's greatest composers, Beethoven, and investigates what his life and music might mean to us today Two hundred and fifty years since Beethoven was born, Ruth Padel goes on a personal search for him, retracing his steps through war-torn Europe of the early nineteenth century, delving into his music, letters, diaries and the conversation books he used when deaf, to uncover the man behind the legend. Her quest, exploring the life of one of the most creative artists who ever lived, turns more personal than she expects, taking her into the sources of her own creativity and musicality. From a deeply musical family herself, Padel's parents met through music, and she grew up playing chamber music on viola - Beethoven's instrument as a child. Her father's grandfather, a concert pianist born on the German-Danish border, studied in Leipzig with a friend of Beethoven before immigrating to the UK. The poems in this illuminating biography in verse conjure not only Beethoven's life and personality, but her own music-making and love both of the European music-making tradition to which her father's family belongs, and to the continent itself Europe.

Tails You Win An Anthropomorphic A to Z of Dogs

Tails You Win An Anthropomorphic A to Z of Dogs

Author: Gill Rowe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2020

Tails You Win is an engaging collection of poems written from the dogs' perspective. It is the seventh book of original metric rhyming verse by Gill Rowe and contains beautiful hand-drawn illustrations. Starting with the Afghan Hound and Airedale Terrier, Tails You Win charmingly encapsulates the traits and personalities of fifty different dogs. Whether you're dotty about Dalmatians, mad about Miniature Dachshunds or crazy for Cavaliers, there's truly something for everyone in this cheery homage to dogs.

Just Words

Just Words

Author: Heather Goddin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2020

Just Words is the fourth collection of poetry from Suffolk author Heather Goddin. In this collection, Heather celebrates life in all its forms. The poems tell of love and loss, loneliness and happiness, the light and the dark. Heather recalls sights of beautiful places, the all-encompassing sound of music and observations of people she has met. These funny and quirky encounters exist alongside the darker, unavoidable aspects of life. Praise for Heather's previous collections: `These poems suggest a generous and open-hearted view of life in every aspect.' - Twelve Rivers Magazine, Suffolk Poetry Society `A poignant collection of life affirming poems' - Pulsar Poetry Magazine

Affect, Psychoanalysis, and American Poetry This Feeling of Exaltation

Affect, Psychoanalysis, and American Poetry This Feeling of Exaltation

Author: John (Galloway School, USA) Steen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

Poetry has often been defined by its closure, its condensation of meaning and value into discrete, self-referential textual objects. Affect, Psychoanalysis and American Poetry challenges the dominant metaphor of poetic containers by turning to recent poetic texts that represent the contagious and uncontainable feelings of anxiety, grief, shame, and rage. From modernists Wallace Stevens to mid-century poets Randall Jarrell, Robert Creeley and Ted Berrigan, and finally to contemporary practitioners Aaron Kunin and Claudia Rankine, John Steen argues that new poetic techniques arise from the poetic productivity of negative affects, and that a new model of poetic value can be found in poems that are-instead of containers-permeable, social spaces of intimacy, attachment, and withdrawal. Drawing from object relations, psychoanalysis, queer theory, and affect theory, Affect, Psychoanalysis, and American Poetry finds poetry's singularity in its unique capacity to represent anew the transmissible, relational, and uncontainable valences of feeling that structure and destabilize social life.

Love Poems

Love Poems

Author: Editors of Canterbury Classics Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

The Voices of Medieval English Lyric An Anthology of Poems ca 1150-1530

The Voices of Medieval English Lyric An Anthology of Poems ca 1150-1530

Author: Anne L. Klinck Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/01/2020

What was the medieval English lyric? Moving beyond the received understanding of the genre, The Voices of Medieval English Lyric explores, through analysis, discussion, and demonstration, what the term lyric most meaningfully implies in a Middle English context. A critical edition of 131 poems that illustrate the range and rich variety of lyric poetry from the mid-twelfth century to the early sixteenth century, The Voices of Medieval English Lyric presents its texts - freshly edited from the manuscripts - in thirteen sections emphasizing contrasting and complementary voices and genres. As well as a selection of religious poetry, the collection includes a high proportion of secular lyrics, many on love and sexuality, both earnest and humorous. In general, major authors who have been covered thoroughly elsewhere are excluded from the edited texts, but some, especially Chaucer, are quoted or mentioned as illuminating comparisons. Charles d'Orleans and the Scots poets Robert Henryson and William Dunbar add an extra-national dimension to a single-language collection. Textual and thematic notes are provided, as well as versions of the poems in Latin or French when these exist. Adopting new perspectives, The Voices of Medieval English Lyric offers an up-to-date, accessible, and distinctive take on Middle English poetry.

The Voices of Medieval English Lyric An Anthology of Poems ca 1150-1530

The Voices of Medieval English Lyric An Anthology of Poems ca 1150-1530

Author: Anne L. Klinck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

What was the medieval English lyric? Moving beyond the received understanding of the genre, The Voices of Medieval English Lyric explores, through analysis, discussion, and demonstration, what the term lyric most meaningfully implies in a Middle English context. A critical edition of 131 poems that illustrate the range and rich variety of lyric poetry from the mid-twelfth century to the early sixteenth century, The Voices of Medieval English Lyric presents its texts - freshly edited from the manuscripts - in thirteen sections emphasizing contrasting and complementary voices and genres. As well as a selection of religious poetry, the collection includes a high proportion of secular lyrics, many on love and sexuality, both earnest and humorous. In general, major authors who have been covered thoroughly elsewhere are excluded from the edited texts, but some, especially Chaucer, are quoted or mentioned as illuminating comparisons. Charles d'Orleans and the Scots poets Robert Henryson and William Dunbar add an extra-national dimension to a single-language collection. Textual and thematic notes are provided, as well as versions of the poems in Latin or French when these exist. Adopting new perspectives, The Voices of Medieval English Lyric offers an up-to-date, accessible, and distinctive take on Middle English poetry.

The Persian Presence in Victorian Poetry

The Persian Presence in Victorian Poetry

Author: Reza Taher-Kermani Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2019

Reading Experimental Writing

Reading Experimental Writing

Author: Georgina Colby Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2019

Bringing together internationally leading scholars whose work engages with the continued importance of literary experiment, this book takes up the question of 'reading' in the contemporary climate from culturally and linguistically diverse perspectives. New reading practices are both offered and traced in avant-garde writers across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including John Cage, Kathy Acker, Charles Bernstein, Erica Hunt, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Rosmarie Waldrop, Joan Retallack, M. NourbeSe Philip, Caroline Bergvall, Uljana Wolf, Samantha Gorman and Dave Jhave Johnston, among others. Exploring the socio-political significance of literary experiment, the book yields new critical approaches to reading avant-garde writing.

Emily Dickinson: Poetics in Context

Emily Dickinson: Poetics in Context

Author: Melanie Hubbard Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2019

This book re-assesses Dickinson's manuscripts, style, and statements to arrive at a historically appropriate conception of poetics. It compares her composition practices, such as variant generation and writing on already-marked scraps, with those of her peers in nineteenth-century American popular manuscript culture, tracing them to the pervasive influence of Scottish Common Sense philosophy, Hume's scepticism, and associationism in philosophy of mind and early neuroscience. The argument consults the archives and considers Dickinson's reading, in and out of school, in philosophy, rhetoric, and semiotic theory, as well as her training in inductive science and her familiarity with ideas about electricity, evolution, emotion, sympathy, and the brain. Combining close readings of poems with contextualizing information about contemporary conflicts in intellectual history, the book contends that Dickinson takes the making of poems to be her philosophical praxis. It depicts a Dickinson committed to thinking about the physical constitution of human consciousness and the historicity and materiality of one of its chief modes, language.