The Flowers of Evil

    By Charles Baudelaire

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    Judicially condemned in 1857 as offensive to public morality, The Flowers of Evil is now regarded as the most influential volume of poetry published in the nineteenth century. Torn between intense sensuality and profound spiritual yearning, racked by debt and disease, Baudelaire transformed his own…

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    Ruslan and Lyudmila

    By Alexander Pushkin

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    In order to rescue his beloved Lyudmila, who has been abducted by the evil wizard Chernomor, the warrior Ruslan faces an epic and perilous quest, encoutering a multitude of fantastic and terrifying characters along the way. The basis for Glinka’s famous opera of the same name, Ruslan and Lyudmila -…

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    The Withering World

    By Sándor Márai

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    Although he is now mostly remembered as a novelist, it is as a poet and translator of poetry that Sándor Márai – the acclaimed author of Embers and Conversations in Bolzano – first made his name in the literary world. This collection, the first and only edition of Márai’s poems in the English langua…

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    The Testament and Other Poems

    By François Villon

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    The most celebrated of French medieval poets, François Villon makes poetry out the basest material – the raw urban life of Paris with its petty officials, students, clergy, tradesmen, pimps, whores and thieves. Despite successful studies, the young Villon immersed himself in this world, embarking on…

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    Love Poems

    By Alexander Pushkin

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    One of the many aspects of Alexander Pushkin’s immense contribution to Russian language and literature, and perhaps the one he is most popular for, is his mastery of the love poem, a genre which he perfected like few others before or after him. This volume contains a selection of his most famous and…

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    Poems

    By Charles Dickens

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    While Charles Dickens is best known and celebrated for his prolific journalistic output and novelistic creations, he also devoted some of his creative energies to verse. At turns sentimental, melancholy, playful, humorous and satirical, and ranging considerably in tone and format – from songs to nar…

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    Complete Poems

    By Guido Cavalcanti

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    Dante’s best friend and a major exponent of the dolce stil novo, Guido Cavalcanti has had a lasting influence upon Italian poetry and is best known to English readers through the essays, translations and adaptations of Ezra Pound. Born from the cultural ferment of thirteenth- century Florence, Caval…

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    Love Poems

    By Dante Alighieri

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    Dante is known to most readers outside Italy for his gritty descriptions of the Inferno, but there is another, gentler side to his poetry, which found expression throughout his career in verses that made him, together with his friend Guido Cavalcanti, the leading love poet of his generation. From th…

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    Sonnets

    By Cecco Angiolieri

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    Cecco Angiolieri, the enfant terrible of Italian literature, loved women, gambling, food and wine. It is said that he found comfort for his bad luck at the dice and with Becchina, his unreciprocating lover, only by pouring venomous scorn upon his miserly parents. Cecco’s outbursts of rage against hi…

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    Sonnets

    By Giuseppe Gioachino Belli

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    Set against the chequered background of Rome, the city of the six Ps – Pope, priests, princes, prostitutes, parasites and the poor – Belli’s sometimes scandalous sonnets deal with life’s elementals: love, death, sex, food, money, family, religion and politics. In his immense oeuvre, sampled here in…

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    Poems

    By Antonia Pozzi

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    After her tragic death in December 1938 at the early age of twenty-six, Antonia Pozzi’s poems – which she had been secretly writing for years – were brought to light and became the object of great critical attention, going through several editions in Italy and being translated into all the major Eur…

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    Sepulchres and Other Poems

    By Ugo Foscolo

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    Expressing the author’s political, civic and sentimental concerns, these poems will surprise the English reader with their immediacy and intimacy. “On Sepulchres”, Foscolo’s masterpiece, as well as being one of the pinnacles of European neoclassical literature, is still one of the most widely studie…

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