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Two Cumberland Ballads

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John Stagg's collection of poetry, "Two Cumberland Ballads," is a beautiful exploration of the folklore and history of the Cumberland region. Through his evocative language and vivid imagery, Stagg brings to life the tales and traditions of this rich cultural heritage.

The first ballad, "The Ballad of Mary Ellen," tells the story of a young maiden who falls in love with a mysterious stranger. Stagg's delicate weaving of themes such as love, loss, and redemption creates a poignant and affecting narrative that resonates with readers long after the final stanza.

The second ballad, "The Legend of Black Jack," delves into the darker side of Cumberland's past, exploring themes of violence, justice, and revenge. Stagg's haunting depiction of this chilling tale grips the reader from the very first line and does not let go until the shocking conclusion.

Overall, "Two Cumberland Ballads" is a stellar work of poetry that showcases Stagg's talent for storytelling and his deep connection to the land and people of Cumberland. Whether you are a fan of traditional folklore or simply appreciate beautiful and haunting verse, this collection is sure to captivate and enthrall. Highly recommended.

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Two narrative ballads, based on local lore, by the Cumberland poet John Stagg. In 'The Hermit of Rockcliffe', a young fugitive takes refuge with a hermit, hears a bizarre and cautionary tale of what might befall a lusty young man at a masked ball, and learns surprising news about himself. In 'The Rose of Corby' a young maid's elopement with her lover, on the day of her betrothal to a local lord, has an unexpected outcome.

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