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The Nightingale, the Valkyrie and Raven and other ballads   By: (1859-1937)

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In "The Nightingale, the Valkyrie and Raven and other ballads," Thomas James Wise presents a collection of poems that are as captivating as they are thought-provoking. This anthology takes readers on a captivating journey through various themes, emotions, and narratives, showcasing Wise's remarkable talent for storytelling.

One of the most striking aspects of this collection is Wise's skillful use of vivid imagery. With each poem, he paints a vivid picture in the reader's mind, bringing his verses to life. Whether describing the beauty of a starlit night or the haunting darkness of a forsaken forest, Wise's words transport the reader to each scene, allowing them to feel fully immersed in his lyrical world.

Another standout feature of this anthology is Wise's ability to capture and convey profound emotions. Through his carefully chosen metaphors and evocative language, he explores the depths of human emotion, plumbing the realms of love, loss, and longing. Each ballad resonates with a raw intensity that lingers long after the final lines have been read. This emotional depth is what truly sets Wise's work apart, elevating his poems from mere verses to profound expressions of the human experience.

The themes explored in "The Nightingale, the Valkyrie and Raven and other ballads" are equally captivating. Wise delves into various aspects of life, including mortality, the power of nature, and the complexities of human relationships. By interweaving these themes throughout the collection, he creates a cohesive tapestry that invites the reader to reflect upon life's many facets.

The ballads themselves are written with a musicality that adds to their enchanting allure. Wise's mastery of rhythm and meter gives each poem a compelling cadence, making them a joy to read aloud. This musical quality, combined with his rich word choices, further enhances the overall reading experience and leaves a lasting impression on the reader's mind.

One potential drawback of this collection is the occasional inconsistency in poetic quality. While most of the ballads are skillfully crafted, there are a few instances where the verses feel less polished or lack the same level of emotional resonance. However, these moments are few and far between, and they do not detract significantly from the overall impact and beauty of the collection as a whole.

To conclude, "The Nightingale, the Valkyrie and Raven and other ballads" is a captivating anthology that showcases Thomas James Wise's immense talent for storytelling through poetry. With its vivid imagery, profound emotions, and lyrical cadence, this collection is sure to captivate readers, taking them on a poetic journey that both entertains and enlightens. Whether a lover of poetry or a newcomer to the genre, this anthology is a worthwhile addition to any bookshelf.

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Transcribed from the 1913 Thomas J. Wise pamphlet by David Price, email





Copyright in the United States of America by Houghton , Mifflin and Co. for Clement Shorter .


I know where stands a Castellaye, Its turrets are so fairly gilt; With silver are its gates inlaid, Its walls of marble stone are built.

Within it stands a linden tree, With lovely leaves its boughs are hung, Therein doth dwell a nightingale, And sweetly moves that bird its tongue.

A gallant knight came riding by, He heard its dulcet ditty ring; And sorely, sorely, wondered he At midnight hour that it should sing.

"And hear, thou little Nightingale, If thou to me wilt sing a lay, Thy feathers I'll with gold bedeck, Thy neck with costly pearls array."

"With golden feathers others lure, Such gifts for me have value slight; I am a strange and lonely bird, But little known to mortal wight... Continue reading book >>

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