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Yorkshire Dialect Poems (1673-1915) and traditional poems   By: (1872-1919)

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Yorkshire Dialect Poems (1673-1915) and traditional poems by Frederic W. Moorman is a delightful collection that offers readers a glimpse into the rich and vibrant world of Yorkshire dialect. Through a wide array of poems, spanning over two centuries, this anthology chronicles the evolution of dialect poetry while celebrating the unique cultural heritage of Yorkshire.

One of the highlights of this collection is the meticulous curation done by Frederic W. Moorman. As an expert on Yorkshire dialect, Moorman's selection of poems showcases the diversity and versatility of the dialect over time. Readers will appreciate how the book is organized, allowing them to explore different periods and themes of Yorkshire life.

The poems themselves are a treasure trove for language enthusiasts and history buffs. Each page offers a fascinating exploration of the dialect's idiosyncrasies, offering a glimpse into the lives, customs, and traditions of Yorkshire inhabitants. Whether it's the vivid imagery of rural landscapes, the humorous anecdotes of daily life, or the heartfelt expressions of love and loss, these poems transport readers to a bygone era.

Moorman's inclusion of traditional poems adds an extra layer of richness to the collection. These poems, passed down through generations, showcase the enduring power of oral tradition and exemplify the unique character of Yorkshire's cultural heritage. The inclusion of traditional poems alongside dialect poetry highlights the symbiotic relationship between the two forms of expression.

While the Yorkshire dialect may pose a challenge for readers unfamiliar with its specific vocabulary and pronunciation, the introduction and glossary provided by Moorman act as helpful guides to navigate through the linguistic nuances. Additionally, the comprehensive notes accompanying each poem offer valuable insights into historical context, enhancing the reader's understanding and appreciation of the work.

One minor critique of this collection is its limited representation of poems written by Yorkshire women. While the anthology does feature a few notable female poets, the overall balance seems skewed towards male voices. A more inclusive representation would have enriched the collection and provided a more holistic view of Yorkshire dialect poetry across genders.

In conclusion, Yorkshire Dialect Poems (1673-1915) and traditional poems by Frederic W. Moorman is a captivating anthology that captures the essence of Yorkshire's linguistic and cultural heritage. Through its careful curation, immersive poems, and insightful commentary, this book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in exploring the beauty and significance of dialect poetry. From seasoned dialect enthusiasts to those curious about regional literature, this collection offers a gateway into the lyrical world of Yorkshire's past.

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By F.W. Moorman

(1673 1915) and Traditional Poems

Compiled with an Historical Introduction by F. W. Moorman (Professor of English Language, University of Leeds)

London Published for the Yorkshire Dialect Society by Sidgwick and Jackson, Ltd., 1916, 1917

To The Yorkshiremen Serving their Country in Trench or on Battleship I respectfully dedicate this collection of Songs from the Homeland

Contents: Preface to Etext Edition Preface Preface (To the Second Edition) Introduction Poems A Yorkshire Dialogue between an awd Wife a Lass and a butcher . Anonymous An Honest Yorkshireman. Henry Carey From "Snaith Marsh" Anonymous When at Hame wi' Dad Anonymous I'm Yorkshire too Anonymous The Wensleydale Lad Anonymous A Song 1. Thomas Browne A Song 2... Continue reading book >>

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