Orion

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Bottletree Books LLC, May 1, 2008 - 144 pages
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"Orion" is an epic English poem of love and war. It deserves its place next to "Beowulf" in English literature. Its overtones consist of aesthetically pleasing writing with a Shakespearian tinge, all wrapped in classical Greek mythology. It contains a fine introduction by Andrew Barger, a foreword by the author, Richard Horne, and a fantastic review by Edgar Allan Poe. 

This is all combined with illustrations and annotations for the first time. As Poe stated, "It is our deliberate opinion that, in all that regards the loftiest and holiest attributes of the true Poetry, 'Orion' has never been excelled. Indeed we feel strongly inclined to say that it has never been equaled." While Charlotte Bronte said, "there are passages I shall recur to again and yet again - passages instinct both with power and beauty." Written in 1843, "Orion" is the greatest epic poem you have never read.

 

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Contents

Canto the Third
64
Book III
76
Canto the First
78
Canto the Second
90
Canto the Third
102
Afterword
114
Review of Orion
120
Copyright

Canto the Second
54

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Page 8 - Orion will be admitted, by every man of genius, to be one of the noblest, if not the very noblest, poetical work of the age. Its defects are trivial and conventional, its beauties intrinsic and supreme.
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Page 16 - two sloping mountains' sides Displayed; in shadow one and one in light. The loftiest on its summit now sustained The sunbeams, raying like a mighty wheel Half seen, which left the forward surface dark In its full breadth of shade; the coming sun Hidden as yet behind; the other mount. Slanting transverse, swept with an eastward face, Catching the golden light. Now while the peal Of the ascending chase told that the rout Still midway rent the thickets, suddenly Along the broad and sunny slope appeared...
Page 15 - Swarm down, and wait to be instinct with gold And solar fire ! — ye mountains waving brown With thick-winged woods, and blotted with deep caves In secret places ; and ye paths that stray E'en as ye list ; what odours and what sighs Tend your sweet silence through the star-showered night, Like memories breathing of the Goddess forms...

About the author (2008)

Andrew Barger's latest novel is The Divine Dantes trilogy. The first book in the series follows the characters of Dante’s “The Inferno” in a messed-up modern world. Andrew is also the award winning author of Coffee with Poe: A Novel of Edgar Allan Poe’s LifeMailboxes – Mansions – Memphistopheles is his first short story collection. The later was a finalist in the International Book Awards short story collection category.

He is also the editor of a number of other books, including Mesaerion: The Best Science Fiction Stories 1800-1849BlooDeath: The Best Vampire Stories 1800-1849 and Edgar Allan Poe Annotated and Illustrated Entire Stories and Poems. He is recognized for his scholarly and creative writing.

Follow him on Twitter: @AndrewBarger and at his website: www.AndrewBarger.com

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