The Oxford Book of Narrative Verse

The Oxford Book of Narrative Verse

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An anthology of 59 poems, most of which are given in their entirety, representing narrative verse from Chaucer to Auden. The editors have chosen poems that tell a straightforward and complete story or are, like Chaucer's "Death and the Three Revellers", stories within a story, or which are episodes from longer poems complete in themselves. Thus, the book is a story book with tales of various kinds - romantic, humorous, ghostly and gory - written at any time over the past 600 years. The selection includes Pope's "The Rape of the Lock" and Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"; Cowper's tale of John Gilpin and Wordsworth's "The Idiot Boy"; Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott"; Browning's "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" and Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark". In the 20th century the narrative tradition is exemplified by Chesterton and Masefield, Charles Causley and C.Day-Lewis, and includes the monologue "The Lion and Albert". Abridgements and extracts from book-length narratives like "The Faerie Queene" and "Paradise Lost" add to the richness and variety.
Of special interest may be the notes at the back of the book, in which the editors trace the source of the poet's inspiration, whether fact or fiction, and show how the creative process has transmuted that source into a work of art. Iona and Peter Opie are also authors of "The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes and "The Oxford Book of Children's Verse".
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Product details

  • Paperback | 421 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • notes, index of first lines, index of authors
  • 0192822438
  • 9780192822437

About Iona Opie

About the Editors Iona Opie and the late Peter Opie have written numerous other books, including Children's Games in Street and Playground, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren, and The Oxford Book of Children's Verse.
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