Poets have been fascinated and challenged by the sonnet ever since it was imported from Italy to England in the sixteenth century. This title presents both a sharing of personal favourites and a celebration of high moments in the sonnet's history.
The First World War holds a unique place in the nation's history; the poetry it produced, a unique place in the nation's hearts. To mark the centenary of the First World War in 2014, the author has engaged the most eminent poets to choose the writing from the Great War that touched them most profoundly. This book presents their choices.
Addressed to children, friends and enemies, the living and the dead, musicians, poets and dogs, this title features poems that display an ambition in their scope and tonal range matched by the breadth of their concerns.
Addressed to children, friends and enemies, the living and the dead, musicians, poets and dogs, this book includes poems that display an ambition in their scope and tonal range matched by the breadth of their concerns.
First issued by Methuen in 1959, this play was the first title in the "Modern plays" series aimed at the burgeoning readership of young theatregoer This title and five others are reissued, representing the range and vitality of the list of titles in print .
Originally the medieval bestiary or book of animals set out to establish safe distinctions - between them and us - but Ted Hughes' poetry works always in a contrary direction: showing what man and beast have in common, the reservoir from which we all draw. This book deals with his work.
'What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those?' In this collection, the author's poems, including "To an Athlete Dying Young", "Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now" and "When I Was One-and-Twenty", conjure up a potent and idyllic rural world imbued with a poignant sense of loss and sadness.
This second volume of plays by Alan Bennett includes his two Kafka plays, one an hilarious comedy, the other a profound and searching drama. The fascination of these two plays lies in the way they question our accepted notions of treachery and, in different ways, make a sympathetic case for Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt.
Brings together all of Beckett's dramatic writings for radio, television, and film, offering works which range from eloquent comic naturalism to an eviscerated and pared-down symbolism. This volume explores the resources and limits of the sound-stage.
Antony is one of the three leaders of the Roman world. But he is also a man in the grip of an all-consuming passion for Cleopatra, the exotic and tempestuous queen of Egypt. And when their life of pleasure together is threatened by the encroaching politics of Rome, the conflict between love and duty has devastating consequences.
This play takes readers back and forth between the 19th and 20th centuries. Set in a large country house in Derbyshire, a cast of characters from each century play out their respective dramas. The text explores topics such as the nature of truth and time.
Upon the publication of her posthumous volume of poetry, "Ariel", in the mid-1960s, Sylvia Plath became a household name. In addition to the facsimile pages of Sylvia Plath's manuscript, this edition also includes in facsimile the working drafts of the title poem "Ariel" in order to offer a sense of Plath's creative process.