The Ballad of the White Horse
The Ballad of the White Horse is one of the last great epic poems in the English language. On the one hand it describes King Alfred’s battle against the Danes in 878. On the other hand it is a timeless allegory about the ongoing battle between Christianity and the forces of nihilistic heathenism. Filled with colorful characters, thrilling battles and mystical visions, it is as lively as it is profound.
Chesterton incorporates brilliant imagination, atmosphere, moral concern, chronological continuity, wisdom and fancy. He makes his stanzas reverberate with sound, and hurries his readers into the heart of the battle.
This deluxe volume is the definitive edition of the poem. It exactly reproduces the 1928 edition with Robert Austin’s beautiful woodcuts, and includes a thorough introduction and wonderful endnotes by Sister Bernadette Sheridan, from her 60 years researching the poem. Illustrated.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Amelia_Smith - LibraryThing
Epic poetry is hard, especially for those of us who don't come from a strong oral storytelling tradition. The opening and closing chapters were strong, but in the middle I kind of struggled to keep ... Read full review
Review: The Ballad of the White HorseUser Review - Jed - Goodreads
Pretty pretty good. Makes Chesterton even more of an enigma from my standpoint, because the whole flow of the poem went pretty well. Good, healthy Romanticism. Some awesome lines. Enjoyable. Read full review
UNITIES OF TIME AND PLACE
PREFATORY NOTE TO FIRST EDITION
THE VISION OF THE KING
THE GATHERING OF THE CHIEFS
THE HARP OF ALFRED
THE WOMAN IN THE FOREST