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The Golden Treasury of Songs and Lyrics (Classics Club)
The Golden Treasury of Songs and Lyrics - Classics Club Author:Francis Turner Palgrave (Editor) All four original books with the anthologist's own illuminating notes and criticisms. — "Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold", wrote John Keats at the beginning of 'On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer' (one of the nearly 300 immortal poems included in The Golden Treasury). This one line most truly expresses... more » Palgrave's own journeys into the realms of great poetry, to select the true gold from the mountains of material at his disposal. His quest resulted in the most famous anthology in the English language -- now yours in this beautiful Classics Club Library Edition.
All four books of Palgrave's original Golden Treasury are here intact. These are the finest short poems and lyrics in the English tongue -- each a delightful nugget of pure gold! It would seem easy to assemble a good anthology. On the contrary, it is one of the most trying of literary tasks. Palgrave kept his volume down to reasonable size, yet he omitted nothing of truly great importance. Nothing is commonplace. He appeals to the whole universe of readers.
When leafing through The Golden Treasury, see and feel for yourself how admirably the gentle Oxford professor did his job! Read scores of lines that are your long-time favorites, yet see how many of these poems of surpassing beauty may still be unfamiliar to you. Here is all the best of all that is memorable and lovely in English lyric poetry. you can expect to be carried away by the enchanting eloquence of these brilliant stanzas -- inspired, stimulated, comforted, cheered!
The Classics Club Library Edition contains Palgrave's "program noted" complete -- and essay-in-miniature on English poetry of three centuries. A revealing introduction by Ben Ray Redman is included; and you enjoy the time-saving convenience of not just one but three indexes -- with each poem listed by title, by author, and by first line.« less