Tradition Digitized

Tradition Digitized

by Geoffrey ChaucerAndrew Marvell Walt Whitman and others

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 27/02/2017


50 classic poems reflowing in a modern medium. Originally published in black ink on white paper, 16 traditional poets have now been rendered digitally for e-readers.

Poetry is the oldest and most flexible art form, and has migrated from performances to papyrus rolls to printed pages. Far from being unsuited to our digital age, poetry, with its short, striking word fragments, can twist and turn on the most dynamic screens. Tradition Digitized presents traditional poems not in the fixed layouts we're accustomed to, but in the new medium of dynamic layouts.

Come watch poetry flow again.


Table of Contents

  1. Anonymous, Beowülf

  2. Anonymous, Westron Winde

  3. Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales 1–18

  4. Anonymous, I Sing of a Maiden

  5. Edmund Spenser, Faerie Queene 1.1.1–18

  6. Philip Sidney, Astrophil and Stella 2

  7. William Shakespeare, Richard II 3.2.143–77

  8. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet 1.5.93–107

  9. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet 2.1.2–49

  10. William Shakespeare, King Henry IV Part 1 1.2.188–210

  11. William Shakespeare, As You Like It 2.7.136–66

  12. William Shakespeare, Hamlet 1.2.66–86

  13. William Shakespeare, Macbeth 5.5.15–27

  14. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra 2.2.200–50

  15. William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18

  16. William Shakespeare, Sonnet 73

  17. William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116

  18. William Shakespeare, Sonnet 129

  19. William Shakespeare, Sonnet 130

  20. William Shakespeare, Tempest, 1.2.396–401

  21. John Donne, The Sunne Rising

  22. John Donne, The Canonization

  23. John Donne, A Feaver

  24. John Donne, A Valediction of my name, in the window

  25. John Donne, A Valediction forbidding mourning

  26. John Milton, Paradise Lost 1.1–26

  27. Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress

  28. William Blake, The Garden of Love

  29. William Blake, London

  30. William Wordsworth, Composed upon Westminster Bridge

  31. John Keats, On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer

  32. John Keats, Ode to a Nightingale

  33. John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn

  34. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses

  35. Robert Browning, My Last Duchess

  36. Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach

  37. Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

  38. Emily Dickinson, There’s a certain Slant of light

  39. Emily Dickinson, I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

  40. Emily Dickinson, After great pain, a formal feeling comes

  41. Emily Dickinson, I heard a Fly buzz--when I died--

  42. Gerard Manley Hopkins, God’s Grandeur

  43. Gerard Manley Hopkins, Spring

  44. Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Windhover

  45. Gerard Manley Hopkins, Pied Beauty

  46. Gerard Manley Hopkins, Hurrahing in Harvest

  47. Gerard Manley Hopkins, Spring and Fall

  48. Gerard Manley Hopkins, Inversnaid

  49. Gerard Manley Hopkins, Spelt from Sibyl’s Leaves

  50. Gerard Manley Hopkins, That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection

Poetry anthologies (various poets)
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Palamedes Publishing
Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to be buried in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.

While he achieved fame during his lifetime as an author, philosopher, and astronomer, composing a scientific treatise on the astrolabe for his ten-year-old son Lewis, Chaucer also maintained an active career in the civil service as a bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Among his many works, which include The Book of the Duchess, the House of Fame, the Legend of Good Women and Troilus and Criseyde. He is best known today for The Canterbury Tales.

Chaucer was a crucial figure in developing the legitimacy of the vernacular, Middle English, at a time when the dominant literary languages in England were French and Latin.  

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was a celebrated American poet, chiefly known for his controversial and highly original poetry collection Leaves of Grass. Born in 1819 on Long Island, he worked as a journalist, teacher, government clerk, and volunteer nurse during the Civil War.

Whitman published his seminal work in 1855 with his own money, soon becoming one of the world's most popular and influential poets. After suffering a stroke in 1873 he retired to Camden, New Jersey, where he died nineteen years later - just two months after the final edition of Leaves of Grass appeared on sale.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in 1564. The date of his birth is unknown but is celebrated on 23 April, which happens to be St George's Day, and the day in 1616 on which Shakespeare died.

Aged eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. They had three children. Around 1585 William joined an acting troupe on tour in Stratford from London, and thereafter spent much of his life in the capital. By 1595 he had written five of his history plays, six comedies and his first tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. In all, he wrote thirty-seven plays and much poetry, and earned enormous fame in his own lifetime in prelude to his immortality.

John Keats

John Keats (1795-1821) was one of the most important poets of the Romantic period.

A doctor by training before, he was the author of some of the most widely-loved poems in the English language, including "Ode to a Nightingale", "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" and "The Eve of St. Agnes."

William Blake

William Blake was born in London in 1757. He was apprenticed to a master engraver and then studied at the Royal Academy under the guidance of Joshua Reynolds. In 1789 he engraved and published Songs of Innocence and the contrasting Songs of Experience came later in 1794. A poet, painter and printmaker of great originality and imagination, his work was largely unrecognized during his lifetime and he struggled to make a living. Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. He died in 1827.

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886) lived in almost complete isolation from the outside world, but maintained many correspondences and read widely.

Upon her death, Dickinson's family discovered 40 handbound volumes of her poems, which she had assembled herself.

John Milton

John Milton (1608 74) is best known for his epic masterpiece Paradise Lost and for his commitment to the republican cause.

He wrote the crucial justifications for the trial and execution of King Charles I and was Secretary for Foreign Tongues, thus becoming the voice of the revolution. His influence on English literature can only be rivalled by Shakespeare.

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