The Most Popular Poetry Books In The Public Domain
It’s so evident that poetry articulates what’s often inarticulable, captures what’s so often ungraspable, makes sense of the seemingly nonsensical. As we all know that we can be linked soul to soul by stanzas and verses, we have come up with 10 out of the most popular poetry in the public domain. Whether old or new, we bet they are loving they include;
by Kahlil Gibran
Written by the Lebanese-American writer, “Khalil Gibran” The Prophet is a book of 26 poetic essays. The Prophet named Almustafa who has lived for 12 years in the foreign city of Orphalese is stopped when he’s about to board a ship that will carry him home by a group of people. With this group of people, he discusses many issues of life and the human condition. You’ve got a lot to learn from this novel.
The Divine Comedy
by Dante Alighieri
The Divine Comedy is a poetic masterpiece and as well, a moving human drama. It’s an unforgettable visionary journey through the gate of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise which is the sphere of eternal salvation and universal harmony. You won’t regret reading this piece
The Iliad of Homer
The Iliad is one of the two ancient Greek epic poems traditionally attributed to Holmes and it is together with the Odyssey. Many scholars believe that Iliad is one of the first works of ancient Greek as it is dated to the late 9th or to the 8th century BC.
by Edgar Allan Poe
Published for the first time on January 29, 1845, “The Raven” is written by the American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe in the New York Evening Mirror. It tells the mysterious visit of a talking raven to a distraught lover tracing his slow descent into madness and it’s also noted for its musicality, supernatural atmosphere, and stylized language. This work by Edgar Allan Poe is a must-read for everyone.
by John Milton
Paradise Lost – an epic poem that was originally published in 1667 in blank verse by John Milton – the 17th-century English Poet. The epic poem is about the Judeo-Christian story of the Fall of man: how Adam and Eve are tempted by the fallen angel and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
Helen of Troy
by Andrew Lang
Helen, popularly known as Helen of Troy or Helen of Sparta – the daughter of Leda and Zeus, wife of King Menelaus of Sparta and sister of Polydeuces, Castor, and Clytemnestra. Helen is derived from the Greek word meaning “corposant” or “torch” and was described as having the face that launched a thousand ships.
Venus and Adonis
by William Shakespeare
Written by William Shakespeare in 1592-1593, Venus Adonis is a poem with a plot based on passages from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. It is said to be a complex, kaleidoscopic piece, that uses a constant shifting tone with perspective to present contrasting opinions of the nature of love.
The Aeneid of Virgil (I-VI)
This epic poem by Virgil released in the 1st century BC tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy where he became the ancestor of Romans. The Aeneid’s first half tells the story of Aeneas’ wanderings from Troy to Italy while the other half treats the Trojans’ ultimately victorious war upon the Latins.
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
by Omar Khayyam
Edward FitzGerald Translation is the most famous and the first English translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Although it’s originally written in Persian language, it is highly influential and also regarded as a high point of the 19th century.
The Wild Knight and Other Poems
by G. K. Chesterton
Chesterton’s “Wild Knight and Other Poems” was converted to the digital format by some volunteers. It’s a great piece from G.K. Chesterton and can be found in public domain free.