World Poetry

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  1. Book ImageThe Epic of Gilgamesh: A Norton Critical Edition

    Benjamin R. Foster

    Second Edition

    “This scrupulous new translation of The Epic of Gilgamesh manages to convey much of the archaic power and even something of the occasional humor of the ancient Mesopotamian poem. What is especially valuable is that the translators, by collating passages from the different ancient versions of this epic that have survived only in fragments, have made available many vivid narrative episodes that will be new to most English readers of the poem.” 

    Robert Alter, University of California, Berkeley

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  2. Book ImageSor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Selected Works

    Juana Inés de la Cruz, Edith Grossman, Anna More

    A wealth of background and analytical material makes Sor Juana's proto-feminist writings, newly translated, all the more compelling.More

  3. Book ImageMetamorphoses

    Ovid, Charles Martin

    In his award-winning translation, Charles Martin combines fidelity to Ovid’s text with verse that catches the speed and liveliness of the original.More

  4. Book ImageInferno

    Dante Alighieri, Michael Palma, Giuseppe Mazzotta

    This Norton Critical Edition of Dante’s masterpiece is based on Michael Palma’s verse translation, which is acclaimed for its elegant rendering of Dante’s triple-rhyme scheme into contemporary English.More

  5. Book ImageMetamorphoses: A New Translation

    Ovid, Charles Martin, Bernard M. W. Knox

    "A version that has been long awaited, and likely to become the new standard."—Michael Dirda, Washington PostMore

  6. Book ImageThe Epic of Gilgamesh

    Benjamin R. Foster

    The Epic of Gilgamesh is the world’s oldest epic masterpiece.More

  7. Book ImageYeats's Poetry, Drama, and Prose

    William Butler Yeats, James Pethica

    This brand new collection, impeccably edited by James Pethica, presents a comprehensive selection of Yeats's major contributions in poetry, drama, prose fiction, autobiography, and criticism.More

  8. Book ImageThe Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan

    Christine de Pizan, Kevin Brownlee, Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski

    Christine de Pizan (ca. 1364-ca. 1421) is Europe’s first professional woman writer. She wrote an astonishing body of work in many genres, including lyric poetry, allegorical dream visions, history, political treatises, and biography.More

  9. Book ImageThe Odyssey

    Homer, Albert Cook

    Second Edition

    The Second Edition of this Norton Critical Edition continues to be based on Albert Cook’s translation, widely acclaimed for its poetic phrasing and linguistic accuracy.More

  10. Book ImageThe Women Troubadours

    Meg Bogin

    An introduction to the women poets of 12th-century Provence and a collection of their poems.More

  11. Book ImageThe Song of Roland

    Frederick Goldin

    The Song of Roland, one of the earliest medieval epic poems, was written in France in about 1100. The poem is based on an incident during Charlemagne’s wars against Muslims in Spain. Charlemagne puts his nephew, Count Roland, in charge of the rearguard as French knights retreat. The rearguard is attacked by a much larger Arab army, and Roland waits too long to summon Charlemagne’s help.More

  12. Book ImageThe Tale of the Campaign of Igor: A Russian Epic Poem of the Twelfth Century

    Robert C. Howes

    In the spring of 1185, Prince Igor Sviatoslavich, with his brother, nephew, and son, set forth from Novgorod at the head of a Russian army to fight the tribes of Polovetsian barbarians that were ravaging border towns near the Black Sea.More

  13. Book ImageThe Iliad of Homer: The Wrath of Achilles

    I. A. Richards

    According to legend, in ancient times Agamemnon led the Greeks into war with the city of Troy to recapture the beautiful Helen of Troy, wife of King Menelaus of Sparta.More