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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... lay upon the grass A dreary corse , whose life away did pass , All wallowed in
his own yet lukewarm blood , That from his wound yet welled fresh alas ; In which
a rusty knife fast fixed stood , And made an open passage for the gushing flood .
... impetuous recoil and jarring sound The infernal doors , and on their hinges
grate Harsh thunder , that the lowest bottom shook Of Erebus . She opened , but
to shut Excelled her power ; the gates wide open stood , That with extended
wings a ...
And Gudurz entered Rustum's tent , and found Rustum : his morning meal was
done , but still The table stood before him , charged with foodA side of roasted
sheep , and cakes of bread , And dark green melons ; and there Rustum sate
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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
GEOFFREY CHAUCER C 13431400
ANONYMOUS c 1475
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