Proserpine and Midas (1820) is a collection of plays by Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Combining Mary’s blank verse and Percy’s lyric poems, the Shelleys offer two groundbreaking retellings of classical myth. Together, the plays illuminate the working relationship of a husband and wife who helped define Romanticism, highlighting their individual talents in the process. While Proserpine was published in 1832 in The Winter’s Wreath, a London periodical, Mary Shelley was unable to find a publisher for Midas, which remained unprinted until the twentieth century. Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, leaves her daughter Proserpine in the care of two trusted nymphs. While the women are out picking flowers, Proserpine is kidnapped by Pluto, the dreaded lord of the underworld. Distraught, Ceres laments the loss of her beloved girl and appeals to Jove for assistance. Proserpine is a retelling of an ancient myth which remains mostly faithful to its source while emphasizing the feminist qualities of its tragic content. In Midas, the wild god Pan is defeated in a musical competition by Apollo, god of the sun. Determined to claim victory, he arranges a new contest with King Midas as judge. Although his power on earth is unmatched by any human, Midas soon learns that to play at divinity one risks reaping the greatest of sorrows. Proserpine and Midas is a masterful take on two of ancient Greece’s central myths. Using their talents for narrative and song, the Shelleys adapt these well-known stories for the nineteenth century and beyond, showcasing their sociopolitical significance in a world defined by the democratic ideals of the Greeks. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Proserpine and Midas is a classic of English literature reimagined for modern readers.
A gentle rainstorm. Sleepy flowers waking after a long winter. The sound of grandchildren laughing on a sunny afternoon. The little things we so often overlook can remind even the most forlorn that God makes all things perfect in His time. Look through the loving eyes of a mother and a grandmother, a woman of strength and of God, and see the love of the Lord shining through. Inspirations, Reflections and Love, by Grammy Esther, is a rare and beautiful combination of poetry that captures all emotions, from sadness to happiness, from fear to strength and love. With each poem, readers will be reminded of God's blessings, which can be found in the little things of life, and will find inspiration for life's unexpected twists and turns.
Finalist for the 2012 Trillium Book Award for Poetry
Robert Brand has given up on real women. Relationships just haven't ever worked out well for him. He has, however, found a (somewhat problematic) solution, a new feminine ideal: the 110-pound sex doll he ordered over the internet.
Showing an uncanny access to the voice of the rejected, unimpressive, emotionally challenged modern male, Helen Guri's debut collection explores Robert's transition from lost and lonely to loved, if only by the increasingly acrobatic voices in his mind. Match's touching, whip-smart poems chart the limits of the mind/body relationship in decidedly virtual times. Does our hero's lovesick, wry, self-searching and often self-annihilating gaze signal some catastrophic aversion to depth or a feverish (if unsettling) reassertion of the romantic impulse? Can anything good really happen when the object of one's affection is, literally, an object? And if she looks like a human being, can you ever know for sure she isn't one? Equal parts love story, social parody and radiant display of lyrical gymnastics, Match announces the arrival of a daring, forthright and stubbornly original new talent.
Winner of the inaugural Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, North American Stadiums is an assured debut collection about grace — the places we search for it, and the disjunction between what we seek and where we arrive.“You were supposed to find God here/the signs said.”In these poems, hinterlands demand our close attention; overlooked places of industry become sites for pilgrimage; and history large and small — of a city, of a family, of a shirt — is unearthed. Here is a factory emptying for the day, a snowy road just past border patrol, a baseball game at dusk. Mile signs point us toward Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Salt Lake City, Chicago. And god is not the God expected, but the still moment amid movement: a field “lit like the heart / of the night”, black stars stitched to the yellow sweatshirts of men in a crowd.A map “bleached / pale by time and weather”, North American Stadiums is a collection at once resolutely unsentimental yet deeply tender, illuminating the historical forces that shape the places we inhabit and how those places, in turn, shape us.
Nature assembles all its glories among the twelve months of the year and from there into four distinct seasons. Here, in this volume, our wordsmiths bring you beautiful words and poems to best describe the wakening of the year in spring, its glorious splashes of colour in summer, the harvests of autumn and finally the rest and stark beauty of winter.
Jon Robin Baitz’s commanding drama about a New York publisher and Holocaust survivor whose decision to publish obscure political tracts threatens the future of both the publisher’s company and his family.An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Gretchen Cleevely, Mitchell Hebert, Shirley Knight, Ron Rifkin and Stephen F. Schmidt.
John Clare (1793 - 1864) was a farm labourer in the village of Helpstone, Northamptonshire, who became arguably England’s greatest nature poet. He rose to fame when his ‘Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery’ was published in 1820. His language preserves many local dialect words in a mixture of classical forms and heart-felt love of country life and nature. The poems in this collection are from his early career, and are largely free of pointers to his later mental illness. (Summary by David Barnes).
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