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By H. E. Marshall, John R. Skelton

ISBN-10: 1599150891

ISBN-13: 9781599150895

Pleasant advent to the writers of English literature whose works carry the best attraction for the younger reader. The lifestyles and character of every writer is given in define, with adequate fabric quoted from his works to provide an idea of what he wrote. for many authors feedback for additional interpreting are incorporated. the description of old history allows the younger reader to know the relationship among the literature and the lifetime of the time. very good as a spouse to a chronological learn of English literature. appropriate for a while 12 and up.

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Perhaps the songs of the minstrels had kept alive in the hearts of the Bretons a memory of their island home. Perhaps that made them glad to come to help to drive out the hated Saxons. At any rate come they did, and brought with them their minstrel tales. And soon through all the land the Norman power spread. And whether they first heard them in Armorica or in wild Wales, the Norman minstrels took the old Welsh stories and made them their own. And the best of all the tales were told of Arthur and his knights.

It was greeted with delight by the greatest poets of France, Germany, and Italy, and was soon translated into many languages. Macpherson was no longer a poor Highland laddie, but a man of world-wide fame. Yet it was not because of his own poetry that he was famous, but because he had found (so he said) some poems of a man who lived fifteen hundred years before, and translated them into English. And although Macpherson's book is called The Poems of Ossian, it is written in prose. But it is a prose which is often far more beautiful and poetical than much that is called poetry.

To the camp of Swaran was the sound carried, so that he sent a messenger to view the foe. "He went. He trembling, swift returned. His eyes rolled wildly round. His heart beat high against his side. His words were faltering, broken, slow. 'Arise, son of ocean! arise, chief of the dark brown shields! I see the dark, the mountain stream of battle. Fly, King of ocean! ' replied the King. 'When fled Swaran from the battle of spears? When did I shrink from danger, chief of the little soul? Shall Swaran fly from a hero?

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