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The English language, with its rich vocabulary and unique grammar, has always been a fertile tool for the poetic imagination. In this illustrated volume, the great poets of the English tongue give voice to a startling range of perceptions and emotions, tackling subjects both earthly and divine, tragic and comic, epic and everyday. Herrick and Marvell urge their lady loves to stop wasting precious time on maidenly virtue, while Oscar Wilde laments a relationship that has ended in bitterness. Gerard Manley Hopkins thanks God for dappled things, Shelley evokes the heavenly qualities of the skylark and Keats the melancholy of autumn. Even the First World War Poets, united in tragedy, offer the contrast between Rupert Brooke's poignant homesickness for Grantchester and Wilfred Owen's anger at men dying like cattle. All human experience is dealt with in this wide selection of verse through the centuries from Langland and Chaucer to Heaney and Hughes. A perfect volume for both newcomers to poetry and lifelong lovers of verse.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10" Width: 7.8" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.85 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2004
Publisher Chaucer Press
ISBN 1904449085 ISBN13 9781904449089
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A memorial to the best that English poetry has to offer Jul 6, 2004
No language in the recorded history of the human race has been so versatile, so rich in vocabulary, so unique in grammar, so fertile a tool for expressing poetic imagination. Writer and historian Andrew Pagett's Thousand Years Of English Poetry is an impressive, 152 page collection of the very best of the great poets whose use of the English language gave expression to an impressive range of perceptions and emotions while dealing with subjects that ranged freely from the earthly to the divine, from the tragic to the comedic, from everyday life experiences to epic tales. From Chaucer to Langland, from Heaney to Hughes, From Oscar Wilde to John Keats, from Rubert Brooke to Wilfred Owen, Thousand Years Of English Poetry is a superb memorial to the best that English poetry has to offer -- past and present.