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Areopagitica (Version 2)

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John Milton


The noblest and most extensive defense of freedom of the press in English. Although Milton was sufficiently practical to serve as a censor o…

Absalom and Achitophel

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John Dryden


John Dryden published Absalom and Achitophel: A Poem in 1681. It is an elaborate historical allegory using the political situation faced by …

The Lady of the Shroud

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Bram Stoker


As the title suggests, this work does flirt with the supernatural. Yet it is essentially a political novel—a utopian experiment in a fictiti…

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…

Rosalynde or, Euphues' Golden Legacie

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Thomas Lodge


This novel, which Shakespeare adapted in his pastoral comedy As You Like It, is the archetypal pastoral adventure. Two young persons of high…

Weird Tales, Volume 2

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E. T. A. Hoffmann


Paradoxically, it is variety that unites the tales you are about to read. They take place in widely separated countries and historical perio…

The Anniversary Poems

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John Donne


Elizabeth Drury, daughter of Donne's patron, Sir Robert Drury, died in 1610. A year later Donne laments her hyperbolically as the soul of th…

John Donne's Satires

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John Donne


Donne’s StyleIn John Donne’s day, a satire was such a poem as a satyr might compose. Satyrs were rough, savage creatures in Greek mythology…

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…

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,…

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In The Man in the Moone

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Francis Godwin


A self-serving Spaniard discovers a means of traveling to the moon, describing his sensations in transit in terms remarkably consistent with…

Selected Poems of George Herbert, Section 2

In Selected Poems

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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 …

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