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Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest George Herbert is one the most famous and popular of the metaphysical poets. Born in 1593 in Wales to a prominent and wealthy family, Herbert was educated at Westminster School as a child and later at Cambridge, where he earned a master’s degree and became the university’s Public Orator, a position he held for many years. Herbert was never a healthy person and he died at the age of 39 in 1633, a few short years after he left Cambridge and took holy orders in the Church of England. His poetry was published in the year of his death and became instantly popular and wide-read. All of Herbert’s surviving poems are religious in nature, characterized by their directness of expression, intricate rhyme schemes, and the use of wordplay and puns. Included in this volume are the poems known collectively as “The Temple” as well as a selection of his prose works, most notably “The Country Parson”.

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Percy Bysshe Shelley quickly rose to the high ranks of the Romantic Movement with his pure and moving lyric verse. Born in Sussex, England, he became a visionary and highly influential Romantic in search of truth and beauty. Shelley maintained a close circle of literary friends, including Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, and Leigh Hunt. A master of versification, imagery, tone, and symbolism, Shelley’s poems propelled an entire era of English literature into the next century. This volume collects a diverse range of his work, representative of his great range and depth as a poet. Here we encounter “Ozymandias”, “Prometheus Unbound”, “Adonais”, “To a Skylark”, “Hellas”, “Ode to the West Wind”, and many more. Along with Lord Byron, Keats, Wordsworth, and Coleridge, Shelley would help propel Romanticism to its peak, paving the way for Victorian poetry and eventually 20th century modernism. Shelley’s influence is undeniable and far-reaching. His lines, subtle and complex, fleeting and permanent, name and grasp beauty in an attempt at transcendence through the sublimeness of the natural world. Also included in this volume is a selection of Shelley’s more notable prose works.

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Blair has built a considerable list of Appalachian voices, and when Wayne Caldwell submitted this gorgeous collection, his lines were read aloud in our editorial office—and the full staff fell in love with these poems that so beautifully employ the musical language of Appalachia. This work will appeal to those in Appalachia, the Southeast, and others who admire the work of Ron Rash, Kathryn Stripling Byer, and James Still.

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Light Days is book four of the Journey Series in the copyright compilation of Co-Creations. The first book of the Journey Series is in fact named Co-Creations and was initially the first words laid down into writings that would eventually span thirty years of poetic contribution. The efficacy of these creative writings are evolutions of developing expressions, taking on a life of their own in each sentence and poetic stanza. Light Days is one of nineteen poetic Co-Creations books and a favorite expose of emerging thoughts to paper representing light of change and understandings. Moreover, suggesting an ability to relate to loved ones, friends and acquaintances, nuances of deeper meanings and experiential realities. It is the authors hope and desire that messages within Light Days will find you as well as you may find them.

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Do you believe in destiny, in soul mates, and in true love? Told through the exquisite language of poetry, this collection will encapsulate your emotions making you trust in the magic of love. Peace, love, and blessings are a few of the best things in this world. So fall in love, believe, and hope for the best in life and love. Experience love's inexplicable magnificence as you read this collection of heartwarming poems in Diary of a Soul Mate

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The Whole Singing Ocean is a poetic narrative that circles around the central story of a boy and a whale, and the 2013 investigation into the École en bateau, a French countercultural “boat school,” or school at sea, which was based not only on the ideals of the sixties, but also on twisted ideas about child psychology, the theories of Foucault and an abolition of the separation between adults and children. The narrative begins with a boat builder and his encounter with a whale when he was a student of the École en bateau himself, and moves on to explore threads of philosophy, memory and various kinds of destruction, fragmentation and wholeness. The text weaves in several voices and threads of rapture and horror, as it explores adventure, childhood, abuse and environmental degradation. This work becomes a self-conscious documentation of the boat builder’s story as it unfolds, and as the narrator learns more of what happened and uncovers echoes from her own life and family history. Her discoveries cause the narrative to take some unexpected, and at times resisted, turns. Themes of memory and trauma, reliability and unreliability, binaries and magic, and the question of how to hold two very different things at once, are at the heart of this book.

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