The new Penguin book of English verse

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Penguin, 2001 - Poetry - 1140 pages
This revolutionary collection abandons the traditional poet-by-poet approach of most anthologies, presenting seven centuries of English verse as an uninterrupted sequence of poems ordered according to their first individual appearance in the language. The result is a more continuous view of English verse that reveals a fascinating new chronology. Furthermore, this volume chronicles the evolution of English verse in linguistic and historical-rather than only biographical-terms, presenting the texts with original spelling and punctuation. Through the words of the well known and the anonymous, in epitaphs, ballads, folk poetry, and nonsense verse, this definitive anthology gives readers the true voice of English poetry as it has developed from the fourteenth to the late twentieth century.

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Contents

Contents
xxxix
Rawlinson Lyrics 13001350
3
Geoffrey chaucer from The Parliament of Fowls
9
anonymous When Adam dalf and Eve span
15
anonymous from Patience
31
anonymous from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
33
thomas hoccleve from The Complaint of Hoccleve
41
robert henryson from The Testament of Cresseid
54
john byrom On the Origin of Evil 508 1772
509
ricrard brinsley sheridan On Lady Anne Hamilton 515 1777
515
robert burns To a Mouse on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with
523
robert burns Song Ae fond kiss and then we sever
534
GEORGE CANNING and john HOOKHAM FRERE Sapphics
545
Abbey 554
554
william wordsworth from The TwoPart Prelude of 1799
560
john keats from Endymion
609

William dunbar Done is a battell on the dragon blak
63
anonymous Westron wynde when wyll thow blow
74
s1r thomas wyatt Petrarch The longe love that in my 1540
79
henry howard earl of surrey An Excellent Epitaffe of Syr 1542
85
18 To all things there is an 1560
92
Arthur gold1ng ov1d from The Fifteen Books of Ovid 1567
98
CHIDIOCK TlCHBORNE My prime of youth is but a frosre of 1586
106
anonymous Constant Penelope sends to thee carelesse
107
sir philip Sidney from Astrophil and Stella
119
john lyly from Midas
125
barnabe barnes from Parthenophil and Parthenophe Sestina
132
Sonnet XCIX Downe in the depth of mine iniquity
171
anonymous Thule the period of cosmography
179
thomas campion Rosecheekt Lawra come
185
anonymous Ay me alas heigh ho heigh ho
191
William Shakespearerom Cymbeline
200
anonymous A Belmans Song
207
ben jonson from Epigrammes 1616
215
William drummond OF hawthornden Sonnet How many
218
anonymous Sweet Suffolk owl so trimly dight
224
At the round earths imagind corners
231
sir henry wotton On his Mistress the Queen of Bohemia
237
Michael drayton from Nimphidia The Court of Fayrie xiii
240
franc1s quarles Embleme IV Canticles 7 10 I am my 1635
250
thomas Randolph A Gratulatory to Mr Ben Johnson 257 1638
257
ben jonson from A Celebration of Charis in Ten Lyrick Peeces 1640
264
thomas carew Song Celia singing
270
xiv thomas carew Psalme 91
273
richard crashaw from Divine Epigrams
285
john cleveland Epitaph on the Earl of Strafford
292
james graham marquis of montrose On Himself upon
301
johN Cleveland The Antiplatonick
307
MARGARET CAVENDISH DUCHESS OF NEWCASTLE Of Many
314
William strode Song I saw faire Cloris walke alone
321
Abraham cowley Ode Upon Dr Harvey 328 1663
328
john milton from Paradise Lost
333
katherine philips An Answer to Another Perswading a Lady
340
sir william davenant Song Endimion Porter and Olivia
350
john wilmot earl of rochester from A Satyr against Reason
360
ANDREW marvell An Horatian Ode upon Cromwels Return from 1681
364
Andrew marvell The Mower against Gardens
370
john dryden from Absalom and Achitophel
376
john dryden lucretius from Latter Part of the Third Book
384
charles cotton An Epitaph on M H
390
s1r charles sedley On a Cock at Rochester 396 192
396
john dryden ovid from The First Book of Ovids
397
john dryden from The Secular Masque
405
isaac watts Crucifixion to the World by the Cross of Christ
411
T713 anne f1nch countess of winch1lsea A Nocturnal
417
Or The Art of Walking the Streets
423
Isaac watts Man Frail and God Eternal 427
427
edward young from Love of Fame Satire V 1725
434
john gay from Fables 1727
442
jonathan swift The Day of Judgement
448
An Epistle to 17
454
Christopher smart from A Song to David 176
491
anonymous Edward Edward
497
Ol1ver goldsmith from The Vicar of Wakefield 1766
503
PErcY bysshe shelley from The Mask of Anarchy
615
john keats The Eve of St Agnes
624
john keats Ode to a Nightingale
635
percy bysshe shelley Ode to the West Wind
642
george gordon lord byron Aristomenes Canto First
649
percy bysshe shelley from The Triumph of Life
656
WALTER savage landorPast ruind Ilion Helen lives 680 1831
680
john clare Mist in the Meadows
686
robert browning My Last Duchess 692 1842
692
ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING Grief
698
edward lear from A Book of Nonsense
704
john clare I am
710
thomas lovell beddoes from The Last
719
robert browning How It Strikes a Contemporary 722 xxvti
725
edward FITZGERALD from Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam 1859
732
ADELAIDE ANNE PROCTER Envy
739
ELIZABETH Barrett brown1ng A Mus1cal Instrument
745
Walter savage landor Memory 751 1863
751
george eliot In a London Drawingroom
757
ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE ItyluS
758
Mortimer collins Winter in Brighton
766
edward lear There was an old man who screamed out
772
Algernon charles swinburne A Forsaken Garden
781
charles turner Lettys Globe
789
joHN Davidson A Northern Suburb
817
john DAVIDSON SnOW
827
ezra pound The Gypsy
839
EDWARD THOMAS CockCroW 843 xxxi
843
t s eliot Aunt Helen
851
wilfred owen Futility 857 1918
857
Laurence binyon For the Fallen September 1914
863
T s eliot Gerontion
871
192s robert graves Love Without Hope
886
philip lark 1n At Grass
973
TED HUGHES Pike
979
thom gunn In Santa Maria del Popolo
985
louis macne1ce The Taxis
991
philip lark1n Here
997
basil bunting from Briggflatts
1003
ted hughes Full Moon and Little Frieda
1009
xxxvi GEORGE THEINER MIROSLAV HOLUB The Fly IOIO
1011
w s graham Malcolm Mooneys Land
1017
thom gunn Moly
1024
thomas kinsella Hen Woman
1034
seamus heaney from Singing School
1043
DEREK mahon The Snow Party 1044 xxxvii
1044
DONALD davie from In the Stopping Train 1977
1051
jAMES fenton In a Notebook
1060
ted hughes February 17th
1066
paul durcan The Death by Heroin of Sid Vicious
1072
paul muldoon Quoof
1078
derek mahon Antarctica
1083
eavan boland SelfPortrait on a Summer Evening
1091
seamus heaney from Lightenings
1097
Acknowledgements
1104
Index of First lines
1114
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About the author (2001)

Ted Hughes (1930-1998) produced more than forty books of poetry, prose, drama, translation, and children's literature, including, in the last decade of his life, "Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being"; "Tales from Ovid"; verse adaptations of Aeschylus's "Oresteia," Racine's "Phedre," and Euripides' "Alcestis"; and "Birthday Letters," He lived in Devonshire.
Paul Keegan is poetry editor of Faber and Faber in London.

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