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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But by this lock , this sacred lock I swear ( Which never more shall join its parted
hair ; Which never more its honours shall renew , Clipped from the lovely head
where late it grew ) , That while my nostrils draw the vital air , This hand , which ...
IS ' Tis said that their last parting was pathetic , As partings often are , or ought to
be , And their presentiment was quite prophetic , That they should never more
each other see ( A sort of morbid feeling , half poetic , Which I have known occur
30 ' Prince Thomas is my eldest son ; A sober prince is he , And from the day we
breeched him Till now he's twenty - threeHe never caused disquiet To his poor
mamma or me . 35 ' At school they never flogged him ; At college , though not fast
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GEOFFREY CHAUCER C 13431400
ANONYMOUS c 1475
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