Idylls of the King

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Courier Corporation, 5. 3. 2012 - Počet stran: 304
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With Idylls of the King, one of the giants of Victorian literature turned his considerable talents to the chivalric lore surrounding a larger-than-life British ruler, King Arthur. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, cast his interpretation of Arthurian myth into the form of an epic poem, and his tales of Camelot soar to remarkable imaginative heights to trace the birth of a king; the founding, fellowship, and decline of the Round Table; and the king's inevitable departure. Encompassing romance, heroism, duty, and conflict, Tennyson's poetry charts the rise and fall of a legendary society.
"The Coming of Arthur" chronicles the victorious battle with which the king also wins Guinevere's hand; "Gareth and Lynette," "The Marriage of Geraint," and "Geraint and Enid" likewise concern tests and triumphs of love, virtue, and valor. The tragic tale of two brothers, "Balin and Balan," is followed by "Merlin and Vivien," recounting the wizard's betrayal at the hands of a femme fatale. "Lancelot and Elaine," a classic story of unrequited love, leads up to the grand climax, "The Holy Grail," followed by "The Last Tournament" and "The Passing of Arthur."
Generations of readers — both poetry lovers and devotees of myth and legend — have exulted in these stories "About the founding of a Round Table / That was to be, for love of God and man / And noble deeds, the flower of all the world."

 

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And thus the land of Cameliard was waste
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Stern too at times and then I loved him not
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And blackens every blot for where is
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But since he neither wore on helm or shield
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But rode a simple knight among his knights
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Victor and lord But were I joind with her
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When Arthur reachd a field of battle bright
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At once from either side with trumpetblast
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To Arthurbut a son she had not borne
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Broad pathways for the hunter and the knight
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That vext his mother all before his time
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Sun rain and sun and where is he who knows? 410
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Was Arthur born and all as soon as born
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And gave him to Sir Anton an old knight
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If Arthur were the child of shamefulness
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There at the banquet those great lords from Rome
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Carados Urien Cradlemont of Wales
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So like a painted battle the war stood
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Debating How should I that am a king
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Sir King there be but two old men that know
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O friend had I been holpen half as well
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Some calling Arthur born of Gorloïs
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For there be those who hate him in their hearts
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And there be those who deem him more than man
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Few but all brave all of one mind with him
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DEDICATION
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And mock their fostermother on four feet
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Or whether there were truth in anything
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With large divine and comfortable words
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And hundred winters are but as the hands
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Who knows a subtler magic than his own
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