Launcelot and Guenevere: A Poem in Dramas, Volume 5

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Richard Hovey
Duffield & Company, 1907
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Page 131 - Hovey's intention to complete his notable Arthurian Series in nine dramas, of which only four had been published at the time of his death. He left fragmentary portions in manuscript of all the remaining five, and these fragments have been edited and arranged, with notes, by his widow, as the only possible attempt toward completion of this matchless monument of American verse. ALONG THE TRAIL A Book of Lyrics by RICHARD HOVEY i6mo, brown cloth, gold cover decoration by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue.
Page 98 - Oh, who would stay indoor, indoor, When the horn is on the hill? (Bugle: Tarantara! With the crisp air stinging, and the huntsmen singing, And a ten-tined buck to kill! Before the sun goes down, goes down, We shall slay the buck of ten; (Bugle: Tarantara! And the priest shall say benison, and we shall ha'e venison, When we come home again. Let him that loves his ease, his ease, Keep close and house him fair; (Bugle: Tarantara! He'll still be a stranger to the merry thrill of danger And the joy of...
Page 129 - It requires the possession of some remarkable qualities in Mr. Richard Hovey to impel me to draw attention to this " poem in dramas " which comes to us from America. ... The volume shows powers of a very unusual quality,— clearness and vividness of characterization, capacity of seeing, and, by a few happy touches, making us see, ease and inevitableness of blank verse, free alike from convolution and monotony. ... If he has caught here and there the echo of other voices, his own is clear and fullthroated,...
Page 131 - Richard Hovey has made a definite place for himself among the poets of to-day. This little volume illustrates all his good qualities of sincerity, fervor, and lyric grace. He sings the songs of the open air, of battle and comradeship, of love, and of country, — and they are all songs well sung. In addition, his work is distinguished by a fine masculine optimism that is all too rare in the poetry of the younger generation. — Saturday Evening Post, Philadelphia. As a whole it stands the most searching...
Page 98 - And a ten-lined buck to kill ! Before the sun goes down, goes down, We shall slay the buck of ten ; (Bugle : Tarantara ! And the priest shall say benison, and we shall ha'e venison, When we come home again. Let him that loves his ease, his ease, Keep close and house him fair; (Bugle: Tarantara!
Page 9 - The Arthurian cycle provided Tennyson with the groundwork of a national epic; ... to Richard Hovey it afforded a modern instance stripped of modern dress.
Page 130 - is a poet's poem. As a part of the " Poem in Dramas," it introduces the second trilogy, and prefigures *' The Quest of the Graal." It is in many ways the author's highest achievement. It is the greatest study of rhythm we have in English. It is the greatest poetic study that we have of the artist's relation to life, and of his development. And it is a significant study of life itself in its highest aspiration. — CURTIS HIDDEN PAGE, in The Bookman. No living poet whose mother-tongue is English...
Page 130 - This work, cast in dramatic form, is not " of the earth, earthy," and may be thought 'pen to the gloss made by Mary Shellev upon her husband's " Witch of Atlas," as "discarding human interest ; " but it is sheer poetry or nothing, the proof of an ear and a voice which it seems ill to have lost just at the moment of their completed training. Hovey, in fact, was slow to mature, and when taken off, showed more promise than at any time before. He thought very well of himself, not without reason, and...
Page 57 - ... white beauty of his soul in the desire that all that live Should beacon into beauty. . . . Yet a sign to star the dark he shall receive, Because another pleads for him. Such power have prayers of self oblivious. Let him await Another who shall come, and sit in the Siege Perilous, And live. In him he shall behold how light can look on darkness and forgive, How love can walk in the mire and take no stain therefrom.
Page 85 - With this Hovey agreed literally, employing the symbols of Ormuzd and Ahriman. "Angro-mainyus," as he spelled it, speaks: I am the Most High God; Ahura-mazda is God too, The beneficent one, the savior! He dwelleth in the Sun, But I in the terror of tempests. There are two thrones, but one God. There is no war between our legions, But in us peace. Behold, he knoweth my thoughts and I his, And there is no discord in us. He worketh in light And I in darkness; His ways and my ways are asunder. But blaspheme...

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