April is National Poetry Month, so why not spend some time reading poems? We’ve pulled together a list of poetry books that range from translations of classic epics to contemporary voices.
Inferno by Dante, Translated by Henry W. Longfellow
The spirit of the classical poet Virgil leads Dante through the nine circles of hell on the initial stage of his journey to heaven.
French Poetry by Patrick McGuinness
A collection of verse by French-speaking poets from cultures across the globe, spanning ages from medieval to modern.
The Heart of Chinese Poetry by Greg Whincup
Special features of this edition include Chinese pronunciations, direct word-for-word translations showing the range of meaning in each Chinese character, and biographical and historical commentary for each poem.
My Father Was a Toltec by Ana Castillo
Ana Castillo’s poetry speaks—in English and Spanish—to every reader who has felt the pangs of exile, the uninterrupted joy of love, and the deep despair of love lost.
The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry Edited by Robert Chandler, Boris Dralyuk, and Irina Mashinski
This anthology traces Russian poetry from its golden age to the modern era and includes work by many great poets—Georgy Ivanov and Varlam Shalamov among them—in captivating modern translations by Robert Chandler and others.
Shahnameh by Abolqasem Ferdowsi, Translated by Dick Davis
The definitive translation by Dick Davis of the great national epic of Iran—newly revised and expanded and now the most complete English-language edition, with a foreword by acclaimed author Azar Nafisi.