Selected Poems Paperback – 28 Mar 1991
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The selection commences with four early works: `Fragment, Written at Midnight', `The Hall of Justice', `Sir Eustace grey' and `The Village', from which comes the title of this review. In this last work, Crabbe relays his feelings and description of his origins at the Suffolk fishing port of Aldeburgh - "... where the heath, with withering brake grown o'er, | Lends the light turf that warms the neighbouring poor; | From thence a length of burning sand appears, | Where the thin harvest waves its withered ears; | ...". "Here joyless roam a wild amphibious race, | With sullen woe displayed in every face; ...". "Yet why, you ask, these humble crimes relate, | Why make the poor as guilty as the great? | To show the great, those mightier sons of Pride, | How near in vice the lowest are allied; | ..."
`The Borough', a poem in 24 letters (1804-09) follows. This edition includes only letters 19-22 inclusive, i.e. The Parish Clerk, Ellen Orford, Abel Keene, and peter Grimes. Extracts from Crabbe's preface appear as an appendix to the book.
Whilst only four of the 24 poems in `The Borough' are included, all 21 of Crabbe's `Tales' (1812) are featured.Read more ›