In “The Battle of Maldon,” Tolkien scholar Peter Grybauskas provides insights into both an epic poem and the great storyteller’s translation.
In “Keep the Feast,” poet Stephen Cushman combines the sacred and secular, producing psalms that are jarring and challenging.
Known for a single if famous poem, Emma Lazarus was an accomplished poet, writer, polemicist, and champion for the Jewish people.
In his first two poetry collections, Charles Reznikoff reflected the experience of Jewish immigrants to America.
The poems of “The Rivers Are Inside Our Homes” by Victoria Maria Castells pulsate with imagery as they describe homelands old and new.
In “American Sonnets,” Yale professor David Bromwich has assembled poems that suggest the sonnet is an American art form.
“Last Poems” by Irish poet Thomas Kinsella explores the big, eternal questions that increasingly occupy our minds as we age.
The novel and play “Hamnet” suggest that Shakespeare may have memorialized his son, who died in 1596, in the play “Hamlet.”
In “Breathe Here,” poet Ellie O’Leary writes of her childhood losses of her mother at age 10 and her father at 18.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote “Concord Hymn” for a monument unveiling, introducing one of the most famous lines in American history.
Russians consider Osip Mandelstam one of the greatest poets; a new translation of “Tristia” helps explain why.
A new edition of “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Sara Barkat, shows how the story still applies to our own time.
Dana Gioia combines drama, history, poetry and more in his fine translation “Seneca: The Madness of Hercules.”
To read “The Moon on Elba” by poet Andrew Frisardi is to experience the light of Italy and the ideal or idea behind the words.
After reading the 18 poems of “Prayershreds” by Bruce Beasley, you’ll find yourself, and your poetic head, in a very different place.
In “StairWell,” poet James Sale continues his Dante-like epic poem, a marvel of imagination and insight into postmodernism.
The 42 poems of “Accidental Garden” by Catherine Esposito Prescott consider the eternal question of whether life is planned or accidental.
Edith Wharton not only wrote fiction and nonfiction; she also wrote poetry, publishing her first collection at age 16.
In “Skyscrape,” poet John Sibley Williams reaches for an understanding of the cultural by using the lens of the personal.
In “The Heart of American Poetry,” Edward Hirsch has written both a personal memoir and a love letter to American poetry.