The Oxford Book of Narrative Verse

The Oxford Book of Narrative Verse

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This is a story-book, universal in its appeal and representative of a literary tradition from Chaucer to Auden. Its tales are of various kinds - romantic, humorous, ghostly, and gory, written over the past six hundred years. Here will be found Pope's 'Rape of the Lock' and Coleridge's 'Ancient Mariner'; the tale of John Gilpin and of the Idiot Boy; 'The Lady of Shalott', 'The Pied Piper', and Lewis Carroll's 'The Hunting of the Snark'. In the twentieth century the narrative tradition is exemplified by Chesterton and Masefield, Charles Causley and C. Day-Lewis, amongst others. Most of the fifty-nine poems in this collection are given in their entirety, but abridgements and extracts from book-length narratives such as 'The Faerie Queene' and 'Paradise Lost' add to the richness and more

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  • Paperback | 422 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 30mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192801961
  • 9780192801968

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"Iona and Peter Opie...had the brilliant idea of making a collection of the narrative verse which has for so long been part of the background of our imaginative lives. My own reaction to the book has been one of enchantment."--Daily Telegraph (London)show more

About Iona Opie

Iona and Peter Opie are renowned for their pioneering work on children's lore and literature. They are the authors of many books including The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes and The Oxford Book of Children's more

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