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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For when it dawned — they dropped their arms , 350 And clustered round the
mast ; Sweet sounds rose slowly through their mouths , And from their bodies
passed . 355 Around , around , flew each sweet sound , Then darted to the Sun ...
said she , ' but even now Thy voice was at sweet tremble in mine ear , Made
tuneable with every sweetest vow ; And those sad eyes were spiritual and clear :
How changed thou art ! how pallid , chill , and drear ! Give me that voice again ,
... Nabara's passion was quenched in the sea's heart . 270 CHARLES CAUSLEY
1917The Song of Samuel Sweet As I leaned at my window All in the white of
noon , The sun his silken volleys Firing at the moon , Over the dying valley Slain ...
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GEOFFREY CHAUCER C 13431400
ANONYMOUS c 1475
ROBERT HENRYSON ?14301506
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