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Translations & Imitations of German Ballads

Translations & Imitations of German Ballads by Sir Walter Scott
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Translations & Imitations of German Ballads by Sir Walter Scott is a collection of Scottish writer's interpretations of traditional German folk songs. Scott's poetic talent shines through in each of these ballads, showcasing his ability to capture the emotion and atmosphere of the original works.

One of the standout features of this collection is Scott's attention to detail in preserving the essence of the German ballads while adding his own unique flair. His translations are faithful to the source material, yet he manages to infuse them with his own storytelling style, making them accessible to a wider audience.

Each ballad in the collection is a gem in its own right, offering a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of German folklore. Scott's skillful use of language and imagery brings these tales to life, evoking a sense of nostalgia and ancient mystique.

Overall, Translations & Imitations of German Ballads is a must-read for fans of Sir Walter Scott and lovers of traditional folk music alike. It is a testament to his versatility as a writer and his ability to transcend cultural boundaries through his poetic creations.

Book Description:
The narrative poems in this collection are written by Sir Walter Scott - the well-known English poet and novelist. Each of these five poems are based loosely upon German ballads: rewritten in flowing English meter.

The Chase - a.k.a. The Wild Huntsman - A profligate, noble-born keeper of the royal forest - avidly addicted to the pleasures of the hunt - cruelly uses and mistreats his fellow-men. One day God's messengers come to test him: executing sentence immediately in just proportion to the huntsman's responses.
William & Helen - William - long thought dead - unexpectedly returns at midnight from the crusades to marry his betrothed. Helen - relieved at his return - joyfully agree,s after initial misgivings: follows him on horseback into the night. Approaching the church in which they will celebrate their wedding: it is clear to Helen that all is not what it seems. But, with their mutual love strong enough to transcend death itself - what can possibly go wrong?
The Fire King - Count Albert never returns from crusade: having being imprisoned by Saracens. Rosalie, his betrothed, swears to leave at once for Lebanon to find him. Rosalie succeeds - but alas, all is changed between them forever: and their parting is death itself.
Frederick & Alice - Frederick breaks troth and abandons the beautiful Alice: sending her mad with grief. But Alice contrives to meet her faithless lover once more: beyond the grave.
The Erl-King - The Erl-King (or Oak-King) sings for the soul of a human boy: who cringes for dear life within the arms of his father riding home through the dreary wood. But do spirits really have power to charm away the lives of the living?

(Introduction by Godsend)

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