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The Iliad of Homer
by Homer

Translated into English Blank Verse by William Cowper. The Iliad is, together with the Odyssey, one of two ancient Greek epic poems traditionally attributed to Homer. The poem is commonly dated to the late 9th or to the 8th century BC, and many scholars believe it is the oldest extant work of literature in the […]


Genre: Fiction, Folk Tales & Mythology, Poetry

The Aeneid of Virgil (I-VI)
by Virgil

The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem written by Virgil in the 1st century BC (between 29 and 19 BC) that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who traveled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. It is written in dactylic hexameter. The first six of the poem’s twelve books […]


Genre: Fiction, Poetry

The Raven

“The Raven” is a narrative poem by the American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe. It was published for the first time on January 29, 1845, in the New York Evening Mirror. Noted for its musicality, stylized language and supernatural atmosphere, it tells of the mysterious visit of a talking raven to a distraught lover, […]


Genre: Fiction, Horror, Poetry

Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis is a poem by William Shakespeare, written in 1592-93, with a plot based on passages from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. It is a complex, kaleidoscopic work, using constantly shifting tone and perspective to present contrasting views of the nature of love. Genre: Fiction, Poetry


Genre: Fiction, Poetry

To the Queen

“To the Queen” (or “To The Queen by the players”) is a short poem attributed to William Shakespeare. It was included in 2007 by Jonathan Bate in his complete Shakespeare edition for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The poem, written on the back of an envelope, is thought to have been written as an epilogue for […]


Genre: Fiction, Poetry

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

This is the first and most famous English translation of the The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. As a work of English literature FitzGerald’s version of these poems, originally written in the Persian language, is a high point of the 19th century and has been greatly influential. Genre: Fiction, Poetry


Genre: Fiction, Poetry

Helen of Troy

In Greek mythology, Helen, better known as Helen of Sparta or Helen of Troy, was daughter of Zeus and Leda, wife of king Menelaus of Sparta and sister of Castor, Polydeuces and Clytemnestra. Her abduction by Paris brought about the Trojan War. Helen was described as having the face that launched a thousand ships. Helen […]


Genre: Fiction, Folk Tales & Mythology, Poetry

The Iliad & The Odyssey
by Homer

While Homer’s existence as a historical person is still a topic of debate, the writings attributed to the name have made their mark not only on Greek history and literature, but upon western civilization itself. Homer’s epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, laid the foundation upon which Ancient Greece developed not only its culture, […]


Genre: Fiction, Folk Tales & Mythology, Poetry