Messiah’s Handbook: Reminders For The Advanced Soul

In Richard Bach’s best-selling book Illusions, the mysterious hero Donald Shimoda seems to carry the keys to the universe with him as he barnstorms the Midwest in a Travel Air biplane. Shimoda’s secret is a small book, bound in what appears to be suede, called the Messiah’s Handbook. This slim volume, which the hero frequently quotes, is said to contain “whatever you need to know.” All Shimoda has to do is hold a question in his mind...

New and Selected Poems: 1962-2012

“It takes just one glimpse of Charles Simic’s work to establish that he is a master, ruler of his own eccentric kingdom of jittery syntax and signature insight.” -Los Angeles Times For over fifty years, Charles Simic has been widely celebrated for his brilliant and innovative poetic imagery, his sardonic wit, and a voice all his own. He has been awarded nearly every major literary prize for his poetry, including a Pulitzer and a MacA...

American Poetry After Modernism: The Power Of The Word

Albert Gelpi's American Poetry after Modernism is a study of fourteen major American poets of the postwar period, from Robert Lowell to Adrienne Rich. Gelpi argues that a distinctly American poetic tradition was solidified in the later half of the twentieth century, thus severing it from British conventions. In Gelpi's view, what distinguishes the American poetic tradition from the British is that at the heart of the American endeavo...

Extravagaria By Pablo Neruda

Extravagaria marks an important stage in Neruda's progress as a poet. The book was written just after he had returned to Chile after many wanderings and moved to his beloved Isla Negra on the Pacific coast. These sixty-eight poems thus denote a resting point, a rediscovery of sea and land, and an "autumnal period" (as the poet himself called it). In this book, Neruda developed a lyric poetry decidedly more personal than his earlier w...

The Facts On File Companion To British Poetry Before 1600

Some of the most important authors in British poetry left their mark on literature before 1600, including Geoffrey Chaucer, Edmund Spenser, and, of course, William Shakespeare. "The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry before 1600" is an encyclopedic guide to British poetry from the beginnings to the year 1600, featuring approximately 600 entries ranging in length from 300 to 2,500 words. This comprehensive new work includes ext...

The Craft Of Poetry: Dialogues On Minimal Interpretation

This book presents an innovative format for poetry criticism that its authors call "dialogical poetics." This approach shows that readings of poems, which in academic literary criticism often look like a product of settled knowledge, are in reality a continual negotiation between readers. But Derek Attridge and Henry Staten agree to rein in their own interpretive ingenuity and "minimally interpret" poems – reading them with careful r...

The Taste Of Words: An Introduction To Urdu Poetry

An ideal guide to the treasure trove of Urdu poetry Have you ever been enchanted by the spoken cadence of an Urdu couplet but wished you could fully understand its nuances? Have you wanted to engage with a ghazal more deeply but were daunted by its mystifying conventions? Are you confused between a qataa and a rubaai, or a musaddas and a marsiya? In The Taste of Words, Raza Mir offers a fresh, quirky and accessible entry point for ne...

Cantos And Strophes In Biblical Hebrew Poetry Iii: Psalms 90–150 And Psalm 1

This three volume work is an exhaustive and encyclopedic oeuvre on the numerical structure of the Psalms. It turns out the Psalms have a deep numerical structure including the use of gematria. (NOT to be confused with that 'bible code' silliness of the Torah supposedly predicting Elvis Presley, etc.) Van Der Lugt not only includes his own analyses, but summarizes those of the other important names in this field. Definitely for the sp...

The Story Of The Iliad: A Dramatic Retelling Of Homer’s Epic And The Last Days Of Troy

The first paragraph warns you what you're getting into: the ancient and the modern, mercilessly fused. The first scene was shocking to me -- I expected lofty language from such august historical figures -- but as the story unfolds I came to realize that it's about a brutal war. We elevate the Iliad by shrouding it in mythology and legend, and now Armitage holds it in front of us in unambiguous language as a nasty, terrible war fought...

Relative Chronology In Early Greek Epic Poetry

This book sets out to disentangle the complex chronology of early Greek epic poetry, which includes Homer, Hesiod, hymns and catalogues. The preserved corpus of these texts is characterized by a rather uniform language and many recurring themes, thus making the establishment of chronological priorities a difficult task. The editors have brought together scholars working on these texts from both a linguistic and a literary perspective...