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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In short , by night , ' twas fits or fretting ; By day , ' twas gadding or coquetting .
Fond to be seen , she kept a bevy Of powdered coxcombs at her levy ; The squire
and captain took their stations , And twenty other near relations : Jack sucked his
... Nor yet he died , but with unwonted force Seemed with some fancied being to
discourse : He knew us not , or with accustomed art He hid the knowledge , yet
exposed his heart ; ' Twas part confession and the rest defence , A madman's tale
You bet your life ' twas that ! Nifty ! ( short for magnificat ) . Mulberry panels ,
heraldic spread , Ebony wheels picked out with red , And two grey mares that
were thorough - bred ; No wonder that every dandy's head Was turned by the turn
- out ...
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