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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From thence his eyes descending viewed the rest , Her plump round arms , white
hands , and heaving breast . Long on the last he dwelt , though every part A
pointed arrow sped to pierce his heart . Thus in a trice a judge of beauty grown , (
And shall this prize , the inestimable prize , Exposed through crystal to the gazing
eyes , And heightened by the diamond's circling rays , On that rapacious hand for
ever blaze ? Sooner shall grass in Hyde Park Circus grow , And wits take ...
... of the night , Filling the chilly room with perfume light' And now , my love , my
seraph fair , awake ! Thou art my heaven , and I thine eremite : Open thine eyes ,
for meek St. Agnes ' sake , Or I shall drowse beside thee , so my soul doth ache .
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