Tag Archives: Poetry

El Conde Lucanor
Don Juan Manuel

As a collection of stories, El Conde Lucanor was bound to have some highlights and some lowlights, but the low outnumber the high, and the high aren’t as high as a reader would hope…

The Divine Comedy
Dante Alighieri

Given the magnificent structure of the work, and the quality of the poetry in Italian, I have to wonder if it’s worthwhile to read The Divine Comedy in translation…

Orlando Furioso
Ludovico Ariosto

Without a doubt, Orlando Furioso is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read. From start to finish, it’s all action, and all awesome…

The Song of Roland

Now, don’t get me wrong. The Song of Roland is incredibly stupid. I just think the abuse it receives is undeserved…

Journey to the West
Wu Cheng'en

The impact that Journey to the West has had on the world since its publication is…staggering. I don’t think I would be overstating things to say that most (if not all) modern manga/anime have been directly influenced by Journey to the West

The Theogony

If The Theogony has any real value today, it’s as a reference work. If ever you find yourself wondering who Hephaestus’s parents are, or if he has any brothers or sisters, this is the place to go…

Beyond Good and Evil
Friedrich Nietzsche

Beyond Good and Evil is a philosophical text, and a unique one. It’s uniqueness can only be appreciated if you’ve read every philosophical text written prior to Beyond Good and Evil, as well as the rest of Nietzsche’s work. I can proudly claim that I…haven’t read any of that. At all. Like, ever…

Selected Religious Poems of Solomon Ibn Gabirol
Solomon Ibn Gabirol

Solomon Ibn Gabirol was born in Malaga, around the year 1021. When he was sixteen, he began a poem, “I am the Master, and Song is my slave…”

Love That Dog
Sharon Creech

Love That Dog is, essentially, a children’s book written entirely in verse…

Jean Toomer

Cane is three distinct “stories”, or fictional landscapes (each preceeded by a little geometric figure—high art, I tells ya’!), that are somewhat loosely connected…