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Kalevala is the poetic name for Finland: 'the land of heroes'. Here you'll find the cultural essence of a young country but an old land, the stories, songs and poems that recount... Read more
Kalevala is the poetic name for Finland: 'the land of heroes'. Here you'll find the cultural essence of a young country but an old land, the stories, songs and poems that recount the mythical adventures of humankind. Ambition, lust, romance, birth and death can all be found within its pages, as well as the sampo, a mysterious talisman that brings great happiness to its possessor and over which great battles will be fought. WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HORATIO CLARE
Elias Loennrot was a Finnish country doctor born in 1802. During twenty years spent working in a remote part of eastern Finland, Loennrot collected fragments of folk tales and poetry which he believed formed a continuous epic. He undertook eleven field trips on a quest to gather as much material as he could, partly funded by the Finnish Literary Society, of which he was a founding member. The result was the Kalevala, first published in 1835. Loennrot continued to collect material, eventually bringing out the version we know today in 1849. It consists of 22,795 verses, divided into fifty songs. Loennrot most likely merged similar variants and stitched fragments together with his own words.
Loennrot became a professor of Finnish language and literature at the University of Helsinki in 1853. His work paved the way for the development of modern Finnish literature and promoted Finnish as the national language over Swedish. From 1866 he worked on the fourteen-year-long task of compiling the first Finnish-Swedish dictionary which contained over 200,000 entries. Many of the translations were coined by Loennrot himself. He died in 1884.
`Abandon all hope, you who enter here...'When Dante finds himself lost in a dark and menacing wood, the ghost of Virgil offers to lead him to safety. Written while Dante was in exile and under the threat of being burned at the stake, this dramatic vision of Hell still has the power to shock
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Here, for the first time, is a complete collection of Langston Hughes's poetry - 860 poems that sound the heartbeat of black life in America during five turbulent decades, from the 1920s through the 1960s.
With the publication of his first book of poems, The Weary Blues, in 1926, Langston Hughes electrified readers and launched a renaissance in black writing in America. The poems Hughes wrote celebrated the experience of invisible men and women: of slaves who "rushed the boots of Washington"; of musicians on Lenox Avenue; of the poor and the lovesick; of losers in "the raffle of night." They...
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