Complete Poems of Andrew Lang: The Essential Library

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Essential Library, 2000 - 440 páginas

Andrew Lang was a noted Scottish scholar and writer of the nineteenth century. He wrote prodigiously. Part of Lang's vast output included five books of poetry, two novels, and a twelve-volume collection of fairy tales. He is best remembered as a classical scholar, Scottish historian, anthropologist, biographer, editor, and journalist.

Lang was the son of the Sheriff-Clerk of Selkirkshire, and was born in Selkirk on March 31, 1844. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and the Universities of St Andrews and Glasgow, and won a Snell Exhibition to Balliol College, Oxford. He graduated in 1868 and became a Fellow of Merton College, researching in anthropology there until 1874. At Oxford he was associated with the Rondelier group of poets.

He went to London in 1875 and lived there for most of his life, spending his winters in St Andrews in later years. He married Leonore Blanche Alleyne on April 17, 1875. He spent much of his writing life in London,. However, his considerable knowledge of Scotland and deep understanding of the Scottish character remained pervasive in his work. Lang died July 20, 1912.

Although Lang’s work may not be as well known as that of his contemporaries, he was a significant literary figure. He became one of the best-known journalists of his day, writing leaders for the Daily News and a column called "At the Sign of the Ship" for Longman's Magazine. His column did much to form literary opinion in the late nineteenth century. His contemporaries included Robert Louis Stevenson, whom he often encouraged and almost collaborated with, and George Douglas Brown whom he brought to public notice. Lang's interests were diverse and his expertise considerable.

He quickly became famous for his critical articles in The Daily News and other papers. He displayed talent as a poet in Ballads and Lyrics of Old France, a translation (1872), four subsequent poetry collections, and as a novelist with The Mark of Cain (1886) and The Disentanglers (1902). He earned special praise for his 12-volume collection of fairy tales, the first volume of which was The Blue Fairy Book (1889) and the last The Lilac Fairy Book (1910). His own fairy tales, The Gold of Fairnilee (1888), Prince Prigio (1889), and Prince Ricardo of Pantouflia (1893) became children's classics.

Lang created pioneering anthropological work in such volumes as Custom and Myth (1884) and Myth, Ritual and Religion (1887). Later, Lang turned to history and historical mysteries, notably Pickle the Spy (1897), A History of Scotland from the Roman Occupation, 4 vol. (1900-07), Historical Mysteries (1904), and The Maid of France (1908).

Lang was also an eminent classical scholar. He had a lifelong devotion to Homer. His prose translations of the ancient Greek epic poems, The Odyssey, in 1879, with S. H. Butcher and The Iliad, in 1882, with E. J. Myers and Walter Leaf, are among the best ever made and are still read today.

Lang’s intellect and his wit can perhaps be best appreciated in his poetry. Of his poems “Waitin' for the Glasgow Train” and “The Fairy Minister” are the best known. Lang chose to liken his poetry to the grass of Parnassus- wild flowers at the foot of the mountain. His poetical work is at times wild and natural yet also elegant and timeless.

May you delight in discovering the poetry of Andrew Lang.

 

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A LA BELLE HELENE
138
SYLVIE ET AURELIE
140
A LOST PATH
142
THE SHADE OF HELEN
143
IJACQUES TAHUREAU 1530
147
IIFRANCOIS VILLON 1450
148
IIIPIERRE RONSARD 1560
149
IVGERARD DE NERVAL
150

A SONNET TO HEAVENLY BEAUTY
31
APRIL
32
ROSES
35
THE ROSE
36
TO THE MOON
37
TO HIS YOUNG MISTRESS
38
DEADLY KISSES
40
OF HIS LADYS OLD AGE
41
ON HIS LADYS WAKING
42
HIS LADYS DEATH
43
LADYS TOMB
44
SHADOWS OF HIS LADY
45
MOONLIGHT
46
LOVE IN MAY
47
THE GRAVE AND THE ROSE
49
THE GENESIS OF BUTTERFLIES
50
MORE STRONG THAN TIME
51
AN OLD TUNE
52
JUANA
53
SPRING IN THE STUDENTS QUARTER
55
OLD LOVES
57
MUSETTE
59
THE THREE CAPTAINS
63
THE BRIDGE OF DEATH
65
LE PERE SEVERE
67
THE MILK WHITE DOE
69
A LADY OF HIGH DEGREE
71
LOST FOR A ROSES SAKE
73
THE BRIGANDS GRAVE
77
THE SUDDEN BRIDAL
79
IANNOULA
85
THE TELLTALES
86
TWILIGHT ON TWEED
89
ONE FLOWER
91
METEMPSYCHOSIS
92
LOST IN HADES
93
A STAR IN THE NIGHT
94
A SUNSET ON YARROW
95
HESPEROTHEN
96
THE SEEKERS FOR PHAEACIA
97
A SONG OF PHAEACIA
99
THE PHAEACIANS
103
THE SEEKERS
104
A BALLAD OF DEPARTURE 2
105
THEY HEAR THE SIRENS FOR THE SECOND TIME
106
CIRCES ISLE REVISITED
108
THE LIMIT OF LANDS
110
COLINETTE
115
A SUNSET OF WATTEAU
117
A NATIVITY OF SANDRO BOTTICELLI
119
TWO HOMES
123
SUMMERS ENDING
124
NIGHTINGALE WEATHER
125
LOVE AND WISDOM
127
GOODBYE
129
AN OLD PRAYER
131
LOVES MIRACLE
132
DREAMS
133
FAIRY LAND
134
TWO SONNETS OF THE SIRENS
136
VTHE DEATH OF MIRANDOLA 1494
151
INTRODUCTION TO A COLLECTION OF BALLADS
157
SIR PATRICK SPENS
165
BATTLE OF OTTERBOURNE
169
TAM LIN
175
THOMAS THE RHYMER
182
SIR HUGH OR THE JEWS DAUGHTER
186
SON DAVIE SON DAVIE
189
THE WIFE OF USHERS WELL
191
THE TWA CORBIES
194
THE BONNIE EARL MORAY
195
CLERK SAUNDERS
198
WALY WALY
203
LOVE GREGOR OR THE LASS OF LOCHROYAN
205
THE QUEENS MARIE
210
KINMONT WILLIE
214
JAMIE TELFER
221
THE DOUGLAS TRAGEDY
229
THE BONNY HIND
233
YOUNG BICHAM
236
THE LOVING BALLAD OF LORD BATEMAN
240
THE BONNIE HOUSE O AIRLY
244
ROB ROY
246
THE BATTLE OF KILLIECRANKIE
248
ANNAN WATER
251
THE ELPHIN NOURRICE
254
COSPATRICK
256
JOHNNIE ARMSTRANG
261
EDOM O GORDON
266
LADY ANNE BOTHWELLS LAMENT
272
JOCK O THE SIDE
276
LORD THOMAS AND FAIR ANNET
282
FAIR ANNIE
287
THE DOWIE DENS OF YARROW
292
SIR ROLAND
295
ROSE THE RED AND WHITE LILY
300
THE BATTLE OF HARLAWEVERGREEN VERSION
310
TRADITIONARY VERSION
319
DICKIE MACPHALION
323
A LYKEWAKE DIRGE
324
THE LAIRD OF WARISTOUN
326
MAY COLVEN
328
JOHNIE FAA
331
HOBBIE NOBLE
333
THE TWA SISTERS
339
MARY AMBREE
342
ALISON GROSS
346
THE HEIR OF LYNNE
349
GORDON OF BRACKLEY
354
EDWARD EDWARD
357
YOUNG BENJIE
359
AULD MAITLAND
363
THE BROOMFIELD HILL
373
WILLIES LADYE
378
ROBIN HOOD AND THE MONK
382
ROBIN HOOD AND THE POTTER
396
ROBIN HOOD AND THE BUTCHER
408
NOTES
413
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