Arthurian Romance and Modern Poetry and Music

Arthurian Romance and Modern Poetry and Music

Arthurian Romance and Modern Poetry and Music

Arthurian Romance and Modern Poetry and Music

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The chapters of this little book were originally composed as lectures which I gave at the Art Institute in Chicago. They are reprinted here with only such revision as was needed to make them available for the general reader. They make no pretense at treating the stories associated with King Arthur fully or even adequately. My object was to illustrate in a kaleidoscopic fashion the present by means of the past: to suggest how a great poetic tradition has been built up and survives as an essential part of our Western culture. Poetry is here used in its general sense as opposed to historic fact. Several of the works described are in prose. Likewise, by music I refer not to musical scores but to the use by musicians, especially Wagner, of Arthurian imaginative motifs.

The few notes at the end of each chapter express my indebtedness to other scholars. They also offer information of a specific character to those of my readers who may wish to supplement or verify what I have to say.

Harriet Monroe, to whose memory I dedicate this book, used to wonder why our American poet Edwin Arlington Robinson should have succumbed to the . . .

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