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Famously imprisoned in 1895 for "sodomy and gross indecency," then a crime in England, Oscar Wilde is a preeminent figure in literature generally, and among gay writers in particular. He is legendary for his wit and for his facility with the English language.
Sappho (7th-6th Century BCE) was one of the greatest ancient Greek lyric poets. She was a native of the island of Lesbos, from which we get the word "lesbian." In her poems, she expresses passionate love for both men and women.
"The first declaration of a black, lesbian feminist identity took place in these poems, and set the terms—beautifully, forcefully—for contemporary multicultural and pluralist debate."—Publishers Weekly
Auden’s work has perhaps the widest range and the greatest depth of any English poet of the past three centuries. From the anxious warnings of his early verse through the expansive historical perspectives of his middle years to the celebrations and thanksgiving in his later work, Auden wrote in a voice that addressed readers personally rather than as part of a collective audience. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service)
Arthur Rimbaud [rom-BO] was a highly influential late-19th Century French poet. His landmark poem Season in Hell explores themes of morality and homosexual desire. His work has inspired artists from Pablo Picasso to Bob Dylan.
The first new selection of O’Hara’s work to come along in several decades. In this “marvellous compilation” (The New Yorker), editor Mark Ford reacquaints us with one of the most joyous and innovative poets of the postwar period. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service)
“The very content of Owen’s poems was, and still is, pertinent to the feelings of young men facing death and the terrors of war.” —The New York Times Book Review. Wilfred Owen was twenty-two when he enlisted in the Artists’ Rifle Corps during World War I. By the time Owen was killed at the age of 25 at the Battle of Sambre, he had written what are considered the most important British poems of WWI. (Amazon)
Poet, celebrity, and revolutionary, Lord (George Gordon) Byron was one of the most influential and controversial figures of the first half of the nineteenth century, his distinctive, deeply felt work comprising one of the enduring high points of Romantic literature. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service)
With this volume, The Library of America inaugurates a collected edition of the works of America's preeminent living poet. Beginning with Some Trees in 1956, John Ashbery has charted a profoundly original and individual course that has opened up pathways for subsequent generations of poets. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service)