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After Beowulf

by Nicole Markotic
edition: Paperback
tagged: canadian, ancient, classical & medieval, epic

hwæt, another Beowulf translation? Not exactly…

Welcome to Denmark’s Heorot Hall, where King Hrothgar invites to his banquet table everyone but Grendel, Saxon’s cradle-made monster. Dissing this ur-outsider initiates a predictable and monstrous backlash, a Mediæval fracas that only the eponymous Beowulf can quash. Sailing across the whaleroa …

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Answer to Blue

by Russell Thornton
edition: Paperback
tagged: family, canadian, ancient, classical & medieval

A masterful new collection by award-winning poet Russell Thornton.

In “Greek Fire,” one of the poems in Russell Thornton’s astonishing new collection, the central image is of fire burning through water: “water is a bridge / for a fire to come into the world.” This image also illuminates the driving force that animates the poems in Answer t …

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The Odyssey

Selections

by Homer, translated by Ian Johnston
edition: Paperback
tagged: epic, ancient, classical & medieval

This new edition of Homer’s epic poem is designed with the needs of undergraduate students in mind. The selections, totalling almost half the full work, include all the most famous and most frequently taught episodes. The edition features numerous explanatory footnotes, an illuminating introduction, a glossary of names (with a guide to pronunciat …

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The Brightest Thing

by Ruth Daniell
edition: Paperback
tagged: women authors, ancient, classical & medieval, canadian

In her first full-length collection, award-winning poet Ruth Daniell offers work that is both earnest and hopeful, even in the face of trauma. In formally exquisite and lyrical poems, THE BRIGHTEST THING tells the story of a young woman who is raped by her first boyfriend and her struggle afterwards to navigate her fairy-tale expectations of romant …

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Odysseus

Book One of On the River of Time

by Carl Hare
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: epic, english, irish, scottish, welsh, ancient, classical & medieval

Odysseus begins where Homer's Odyssey leaves off, and recounts the Greek hero's final quest to settle his debt with the god Poseidon. He must travel to many cities carrying a wooden oar, find a land that knows no salt, and offer a sacrifice to the god on the site where a stranger asks the purpose of the oar. During his perilous journey he becomes i …

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Inanna

by Kim Echlin
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 0 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
tagged: iraq, ancient, classical & medieval, middle eastern

Inanna, a goddess of ancient Mesopotamia, was worshipped around 1800 BCE by our ancestors in the land that is now modern-day Iraq. But who was she? Who were her followers? And what did her stories mean for their lives? Lost for millennia, Inanna’s stories were buried and forgotten, unearthed by archaeologists only recently, around the turn of the …

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Hundred Lives, The

by Russell Thornton
edition: Paperback
tagged: canadian, ancient, classical & medieval

From poems set in the eastern Mediterranean, with its abiding reverberations of the ancient Greek world, and informed by sacred sites and classical stories, to a series of sonnet responses to the Gospel story of Lazarus, to a lyric-narrative engagement with the mythic-erotic drama of the Biblical Song of Songs, to intensely personal poems that expl …

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Theseus

A Collaboration

by bp Nichol & Wayne Clifford
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: canadian, death, ancient, classical & medieval

The value of Theseus is as much about its pedigree as the writing itself. The collaboration for this new book began in the autumn of 1966. bpNichol and Wayne Clifford had worked together early in their literary careers; in fact, Clifford had been the editor of Nichol's first trade book, published with The Coach House Press. To begin, Nichol had als …

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The Lays of Marie de France

translated by David R. Slavitt
edition: eBook
tagged: french, ancient, classical & medieval

The twelve “lays” of Marie de France, the earliest known French woman poet, are here presented in sprightly English verse by poet and translator David R. Slavitt. Traditional Breton folktales were the raw material for Marie de France’s series of lively but profound considerations of love, life, death, fidelity and betrayal, and luck and fate. …

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