Reynard the Fox

Anne Louise Avery, John Masefield, Philip Dr. Errington

Format: Hardback, Paperback / softback

Publisher: Bodleian Library, Carcanet Press Ltd

Published: 27-12-2008

£12.95

An edition of one of the twentieth century’s finest narrative poems about the English countryside. Offering a poetic response to the First World War, it talks about a fox-hunt, English countryside and community. It also includes an introduction setting the poem in its historical context and detailed notes.

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Description

Former Poet Laureate, John Masefield (1878-1967) was one of the best-selling poets of the twentieth-century: his “Collected Poems” sold over 100,000 copies in the first seven years after publication in 1923. Widely known as a poet of the sea, Masefield’s two poems “Sea-Fever” and “Cargoes” were, in Betjeman’s opinion, two lyrics ‘which will be remembered as long as the language lasts’. Masefield also wrote of the English countryside, however, as in “Reynard the Fox”, his classic narrative poem of a fox-hunt, English countryside and community. The work has been seen by many as the author’s finest poetic response to the First World War.Despite being a phenomenal best-seller after publication in 1919, “Reynard the Fox” has been latterly out-of-print. For the first time, the poem has been corrected from the original manuscript and presented alongside other pastoral writing by Masefield, including his essay “Fox-Hunting”, which was praised by Muriel Spark. The edition also includes an introduction setting the poem in its historical context and detailed notes.

Additional information

Dimensions 135 × 216 mm
Page Count 128