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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... hast betrayed thy nature and thy name , Not rendering true answer , as
beseemed Thy fealty , nor like a noble knight : For surer sign had followed , either
hand , Or voice , or else a motion of the mere . This is a shameful thing for men to
The thing can be done , ' said the Butcher , ' I think . The thing must be done , I am
sure . The thing shall be done ! Bring me paper and ink , The best there is time to
procure . ' 350 The Beaver brought paper , portfolio , pens , And ink in unfailing ...
IS 20 I walked , with other souls in pain , Within another ring , And was wondering
if the man had done A great or little thing , When a voice behind me whispered
low , ' That fellow's got to swing . ' 25 Dear Christ ! the very prison walls Suddenly
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GEOFFREY CHAUCER C 13431400
ANONYMOUS c 1475
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