The Oxford Book of Narrative Verse
Iona Opie, Iona Archibald Opie, Peter Opie, The Late Peter Opie, Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press, 1983 - Всего страниц: 407
Succinctly called "a book of tales of various kinds, romantic, humorous, ghostly, and gory, written at any time over the past six hundred years" by the compilers, Iona Opie and the late Peter Opie, this universally-appealing collection of 59 poems presents a comprehensive literary tradition of narrative verse from Chaucer to Auden.
The anthology includes Pope's "The Rape of the Lock," Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott," Poe's "The Raven," and Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark," along with such twentieth-century narrative classics as G.K. Chesterton's "Lepanto," Robert Frost's "The Code," Marriott Edgar's "The Lion and Albert," and W.H. Auden's "The Ballad of Barnaby." Abridgements and extracts from book-length narratives such as Spenser's The Faerie Queen and Milton's Paradise Lost add to the richness and variety of the collection. The Opies also provide extensive notes which trace the source of the poet's inspiration, whether fact or fiction, and demonstrate how the creative process has transformed that source into a work of art.
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Or some frore Caspian reed - bed , southward bound For the warm Persian sea -
board : so they streamed . The Tartars of the Oxus , the King's guard , First , with
black sheepskin caps and with long spears ; Large men , large steeds ; who from
And the old Tartar came upon the sand Betwixt the silent hosts , and spake , and
said : ' Ferood , and ye , Persians and Tartars , hear ! Let there be truce between
the hosts today . But choose a champion from the Persian lords To fight our ...
285 290 295 300 And all the Persians knew him , and with shouts Hailed ; but the
Tartars knew not who he was . And dear as the wet diver to the eyes Of his pale
wife who waits and weeps on shore , By sandy Bahrein , in the Persian Gulf ...
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The Opies write in their preface that they have chosen (for the most part) poems that tell a straightforward and complete story. They also "....point out that narrative verse needs a different reading ... Читать весь отзыв
GEOFFREY CHAUCER C 13431400
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