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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Some to the sun their insect - wings unfold , Waft on the breeze , or sink in clouds
of gold ; Transparent forms , too fine for mortal sight , Their fluid bodies half
dissolved in light ; Loose to the wind their airy garments flew , Thin glittering
Oh ! dream of joy ! is this indeed The light - house top I see ? Is this the hill ? is
this the kirk ? Is this mine own countree ? 465 We drifted o'er the harbour - bar ,
And I with sobs did prayO let me be awake , my God ! Or let me sleep alway .
And on the other side the Persians formed : First a light cloud of horse , Tartars
they seemed , The Ilyats of Khorassan : and behind , The royal troops of Persia ,
horse and foot , Marshalled battalions bright in burnished steel . But Peran - Wisa
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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
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