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09 Poetry (Arthurian Booklist)


This article is from the Arthurian Booklist FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore tittle@io.com with numerous contributions by others.

09 Poetry (Arthurian Booklist)

Lancelot of the Laik. A Scottish metrical romance, about 1490-1500
A.D. Re-edited from a manuscript in the Cambridge University Library,
with an introd., notes, and glossarial index, by W. W. Skeat. London,
New York, Published for the Early English Text Society by the Oxford
University Press [1965].

Orkneyinga Saga, c1200 (unknown Icelandic Author). The Isles of Orkney
are of course the famed home of Lot, Morgause, Gawain, Mordred, etc.

Arnold, Mathew. Tristram and Iseult.

Beroul. The Romance of Tristan. c1150.

Carley, James P., introduction. Mathew Arnold and William Morris
(Arthurian Poets series, Woodbridge, Suffolk, and Rochester, NY:
Boydell Press 1990, ISBN: 0-85115-544-8). Arnold's "Tristram and
Iseult" is the first modern English retelling of the Tristram legend,
a melancholy interpretation of the theme; Morris' different approach
apparent in the rich sensuality of his "The Defence of Guenevere."

Carley, James P., ed., introduction. A.C. Swinburne (Arthurian Poets
series, ISBN: 0-85115-546-4). Some of Swinburne's most important
poetry recreates the Arthurian legends from a modern perspective.
Includes Tristram of Lyonesse.

Carley, James P., ed., introduction. E.A. Robinson (Arthurian Poets
series, ISBN: 0-85115-545-6). Robinson's Arthurian poems, published
between 1917 and 1927 won him a Pulitzer Prize.

Dodds, David, ed., introduction. Charles William (Arthurian Poets
series, ISBN: 0-88115-291-0). Contains Taliessin through Logres and
The Region of the Summer Stars, as well as twenty-four of William's
earlier poems on Arthurian themes from his collection The Advent of
Galahad (many never published before), and fragments designed to form
a sequel to Region which also appear for the first time.

Eliot, T. S. The Waste Land. 1922.

Geoffrey of Monmouth Vita Merlini [Life of Merlin]. Verse.

Heath-Stubbs. Artorius. A Heroic Poem in Four Books and Eight
Episodes. (London: Enitharmon Press, 1973. ISBN 901111-39-2). Hard to

Hole, Richard, Arthur; or, The northern enchantment (GGJ and J
Robinson, London, 1798). A poetical romance, in seven books.

Lewis. Arthurian Torso. Oxford, 1948. Reprinted.

Lupack, Alan, ed., Arthur, the Greatest King: an Anthology of Modern
Arthurian Poems (forword by Raymond H. Thompson, Garland, New York,

Lytton, Baron Edward Bulwer, King Arthur (London, Henry Colburn,

Maynadier, Howard, The Arthur of the English Poets (Boston, New York,
Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1907).

Morris, William. The Defence of Guenevere.

Robinson, Edwin Arlington, "Merlin"(1917), "Lancelot"(1920) and
"Tristram"(1927). Verse retelling of the Arthur legend. The last one
won the 1928 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Swinburne, A.C. Tristram of Lyonesse. And others.

Tennyson, Lord Alfred, Idylls of the King (Signet, 1961.)

Williams, Charles. Taliessin Through Logres, The Region of the Summer
Stars (Eerdmans, 1974). Original printings through Oxford University
Press, 1938.

About the Arthurian Poets series: A volume on John Masefield is in
preparation. All the volumes contain the complete Arthurian poetry of
each author; for example, the Charles Williams volume has much
previously unpublished poetry.


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