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Timoleon, Etc.

IF more than once, as annals tell, Through blood without compunction spilt, An egotist arch rule has snatched, And stamped the seizure with his sabre’s hilt, And, legalised by lawyers, stood ; Shall the good heart whose patriot fire Leaps to a deed of startling note, Do it, then flinch ? Shall good in weak expire ? Needs goodness lack the evil grit, That stares down censorship and ban, And dumfounds saintlier ones with this— God’s wi...

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Extreme Poetry

Beginning in the sixth century C.E. and continuing for more than a thousand years, an extraordinary poetic practice was the trademark of a major literary movement in South Asia. Authors invented a special language to depict both the apparent and hidden sides of disguised or dual characters, and then used it to narrate India's major epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, simultaneously. Originally produced in Sanskrit, these dual na...

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Derek Walcott: Politics and Poetics

“An important contribution to the study of Walcott’s poetry and plays.”—Modernism/modernity “Walcott, [Burnett] says, has assimilated western tradition to his own project, using it to create a new plural world of open-ended possibilities. . . . A book that should be of interest to any student of Walcott’s literature.”—Times Higher Education Supplement “This ambitious book takes in the full corpus of Walcott—plays, essays, interviews,...

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In Search of a Prophet

In Search of a Prophet is a fascinating journey through the spiritual life of Kahlil Gibran, author of the bestselling book The Prophet. Capturing our imaginations and enriching our spirits, Paul-Gordon Chandler explores this beloved writer and artist, a mystic who sought to build bridges and tear down walls. In Search of a Prophet is not a traditional biography but a compelling spiritual journey through Gibran’s writings, art, and t...

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Flavian Poetry (Mnemosyne Supplementa)

The reign of the Flavian emperors (69-96) saw the production of a large and varied body of Latin poetry: the epics of Valerius Flaccus, Silius Italicus and Statius, the Silvae of the same Statius, and the Epigrams of Martial. This poetry, long seen as derivative or decadent, is now increasingly appreciated for the daring originality of its responses both to the Latin literary tradition and to the contemporary Roman world. In the summ...

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Poetry, Therapy and Emotional Life

Poetry, Therapy and Emotional Life explores the thoughts of poets, therapists and counsellors in relation to the human condition with a practical component on how poetry can be used in therapeutic work. Concentrating on the theories of Freud, Jung, Rogers, Berne, Perls and Ellis, the book examines topics such as human motivation, experience and neurosis. It encourages readers to take a fresh and enthusiastic approach to their work as...

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The Anglo-Scottish Ballad and Its Imaginary Contexts

This is the first book to combine contemporary debates in ballad studies with the insights of modern textual scholarship. Just like canonical literature and music, the ballad should not be seen as a uniquely authentic item inextricably tied to a documented source, but rather as an unstable structure subject to the vagaries of production, reception, and editing. Among the matters addressed are topics central to the subject, including ...

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Letters of Blood and Other Works in English

This collection brings together for the first time select works in English by the major Swedish modernist poet and critic Göran Printz-Påhlson. It was Printz-Påhlson who introduced poetic modernism to Scandinavia, and his essays and poems delve deeply into English, American, and continental modernist traditions. As well as "Letters of Blood", the collection includes the full text of "The Words of the Tribe", a major statement on mode...

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Sundara Kãnda: Hanuman's Odyssey

If Mahabharata's Bhagvad-Gita is taken as a philosophical guide, Ramayana's Sundara Kãnda is sought for spiritual solace. What is more, many believe that reading Sundara Kãnda or hearing it recited would remove all hurdles and usher in good tidings! Well miracles apart, it's in the nature of Sundara Kãnda to inculcate fortitude and generate hope in one and all. After all, isn't it a depiction of how Hanuman goes about his errand agai...

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Horaz: Dichter und Werk

Horaz gehört - gemeinsam mit Catull, Vergil und Ovid - zu den bedeutendsten Dichtern der römischen Antike. Niklas Holzberg gibt in seinem jüngsten Buch einen souveränen Überblick über die historischen Voraussetzungen für das poetische Schaffen des Horaz sowie speziell über den Beitrag des Dichters zum geistigen Leben in der augusteischen Epoche. Zudem bietet er anhand zahlreicher Textbeispiele eine lebendige und anregende Einführung ...