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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John he cried , But John he cried in vain ; That trot became a gallop soon , In
spite of curb and rein . 90 So stooping down , as needs he must Who cannot sit
upright , He grasped the mane with both his hands , And eke with all his might .
280 285 Was none who would be foremost To lead such dire attack : But those
behind cried ' Forward ! ' And those before cried ' Back ! And backward now and
forward Wavers the deep array ; And on the tossing sea of steel , To and fro the ...
20 25 At last the people in a body To the Town Hall came flocking : " Tis clear , '
cried they , ' our Mayor's a noddy ; And as for our Corporation - shocking To think
we buy gowns lined with ermine For dolts that can't or won't determine What's ...
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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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