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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215 His shipmates drop down dead . Four times fifty living men , ( And I heard nor
sign nor groan ) With heavy thump , a lifeless lump , They dropped down one by
one . 220 But Life - in - Death begins her work on the ancient Mariner .
O , what have I done to my friend , 0 , what have I done to mysel ' , That he should
be cold and dead , And I in the danger of all ? 25 ' Nothing but danger about me ,
Danger behind and before , Death at wait in the heather In Appin and Mamore ...
It's neither fear nor duty , It's neither quick nor dead Shall gar me withdraw the
plighted hand , Or break the word once said . ' 105 Thrice in the time of midnight ,
When the fox barked in the den , And the plaids were over the faces In all the ...
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GEOFFREY CHAUCER C 13431400
ANONYMOUS c 1475
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