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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... one of them , in sleeping as he lay , Him met a wonder dream again the day .
Him thought a man stood by his beddės side , And him commanded that he
should abide , And said him thus : “ If thou tomorrow wend , Thou shall be
Thus warned , the Rhodians for the fight provide ; Already were the vessels side
by side , These obstinate to save , and those to seize the bride . But Cymon soon
his crooked grapples cast , Which with tenacious hold his foes embraced , And ...
Now Jove suspends his golden scales in air , Weighs the men's wits against the
lady's hair ; The doubtful beam long nods from side to side ; At length the wits
mount up , the hairs subside . See , fierce Belinda on the Baron flies , With more ...
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