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George Herbert

These poems, from Herbert’s book The Temple, show the evolution of a soul’s relationship with God. Sudden reversals of mood are common, for …

The Master Mind of Mars (Version 3)

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Edgar Rice Burroughs

The protagonist is a soldier from the Great War whose tale John Carter has brought to Earth. Having saved the life of an ancient Martian who…

The Radium Pool

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Edward Earl Repp

Deep beneath the many-hued, volcanic sands of the Manalava Plains is an eerie world. And in this world, in a gem-encrusted cavern, is a pool…

The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night (Arabian Nights) Volume 13 (Supplem…

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Anonymoustranslated Byrichard Francis Burton

This is a collection of stories collected over thousands of years by various authors, translators, and scholars. They are an amalgam of myth…

Four Hymns

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Edmund Spenser

Spenser explains in the dedication of this volume that the hymns to love and to beauty were written early in his career and their "heav…

Back to Methuselah

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George Bernard Shaw

In this late work, Shaw examines many contemporary issues under the broad rubric of evolution and then illustrates his opinions in five brie…

Amoretti and Epithalamion

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Edmund Spenser

"These Sonnets furnish us with a circumstantial and very interesting history of Spenser's second courtship, which, after many repulses,…

The Defense of Poesy

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Sir Philip Sidney

Sidney envisions the world as an ideally ordered structure that rewards good and punishes evil, but this order, vitiated by sin, has fallen …


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Edna St. Vincent Millay

It has been observed that within the narrow confines of a sonnet the mind can turn around but cannot take flight. Some of Millay’s sonnets, …

Astrophel and Stella

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Sir Philip Sidney

Sonnet sequences, which these poems by Sidney made very popular in the Elizabethan age, reflected the Medieval motif of courtly love, whereb…


In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Weston Translation Version 2)

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Jessie Laidlay Weston, Translated Byjessie Laidlay Weston and The Gawain Poettranslated Byjessie Laidlay Weston

This poem celebrates Christmas by exploring the mystery of Christ's mission on earth: his death, resurrection, and second coming as judge of…

Venus and Adonis

In Venus and Adonis (Version 2)

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William Shakespeare

Both Ovid and Spenser also treat this ancient myth, but Spenser alters the ending, converting the tale into an archetype of fulfilled love, …

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In Jerusalem Delivered

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Torquato Tasso

The First Crusade provides the backdrop for a rich tapestry of political machinations, military conflicts, martial rivalries, and love stori…

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