Thousand and One Gems of English Poetry (Classic Reprint)

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LULU Press, 22 de abr. de 2018 - 588 páginas
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The scope and scale of this collection of English poetry were determined mainly by two ideas first, that certain distinct types of selections might with advantage be combined in one book; and second, that, with the wealth of English poetry to choose from, the value of anthologies is not really in inverse but rather in direct proportion to the quantity of their contents.

The general scheme of the book is to provide a copious selection of English poetry in its various kinds, the historical range being from the fourteenth century to the twentieth. Short poems, mostly lyrics, are naturally the most numerous; there is also a number of extracts of various kinds, a small number in proportion to the whole. More distinctive features of the book are (1) the inclusion of many complete longer poems; and in the case of the more notable poets, the selection of a large body of the work of each - in several instances from one thousand to three thousand lines. It is hoped that even critics to whom small anthologies1 are anathema, because of the fragmentary views they afford of the poets' personalities, will be partly appeased by this latter feature.

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Charles Mackay (1841-1889) was born in Perth, Scotland. His mother died shortly after his birth, and his father, who had been in turn a Lieutenant on a Royal Navy sloop (captured and imprisoned for four years in France) and then an Ensign in the 47th foot taking part in the ill-fated Walcheren Expedition where he contracted malaria, sent young Charles to live with a nurse in Woolwich in 1822. After a couple of years' education in Brussels from 1828-1830, he became a journalist and songwriter in London. He worked on The Morning Chronicle from 1835-1844, when he was appointed Editor of The Glasgow Argus. His song The Good Time Coming sold 400,000 copies in 1846, the year that he was awarded his Doctorate of Literature by Glasgow University. He was a friend of influential figures such as Charles Dickens and Henry Russell, and moved to London to work on The Illustrated London News in 1848, and he became Editor of it in 1852. He was a correspondent for The Times during the American Civil War, but thereafter concentrated on writing books. Apart from Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, he is best remembered for his songs and his Dictionary of Lowland Scotch.

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