The Oxford Book of Local Verses

The Oxford Book of Local Verses

Book - 1987
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This delightful anthology is a treasure-house of England's heritage of popular verse, written by long forgotten local poets whose surviving work enriches our understanding of local customs and attitudes in much the same way that 'local 'cooking' describes the flavor of a region.
Local verses have been perpetuated in a particular place sometimes through the oral tradition, also through local use as work-songs or seasonal celebrations, and, more tangibly, in the form of inscriptions and engravings, in stone, wood, glass or metal. This collection celebrates the largely anonymous but often inventive and gifted authors of the verses that appear preserved on village crosses, fountains, sundials, churches, house walls, bells, inn-signs, wells, caves and other monuments. It includes epitaphs, and also verses inscribed on moveable objects such as clocks and pottery, silverware and books. Country charms and weather rhymes, children's games and farming songs add to the variety of tone and style.
When a North of England football team reached the championships in 1936 a local poet put pen to paper to wish his team luck; an inmate at Millbank scratched a few terse lines about English prisons on the bottom of his dinner-can; a Kent gunner petitioned for his discharge papers in verse; a rhyme describing willow-pattern designs was inscribed on a piece of Staffordshire pottery: these and many more are among the 550 or so verses arranged under ten, mainly regional headings, covering the United Kingdom from South and South-West England to the Welsh Borders and the North.
Publisher: Oxford [Oxfordshire] : New York : Oxford University Press, 1987
ISBN: 9780192141491
019214149X
Branch Call Number: PR1195.M24 O86 1987
Characteristics: xxi, 350 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Holloway, John 1920-1999

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