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A contemporary requiem--an earthy yet elegant reconsideration of the Tristan and Iseult story, from the former poet laureate of Brooklyn. In D. Nurkse's wood of Morois, the Forest of Love, there's a fine line between the real and the imaginary, the archaic and the actual, poetry and news. The poems feature the voices of the lovers and all parties around them, including the servant Brangien; Tristan's horse, Beau Joueur; even the living spring that flows through the tale ("in my breathing shadow / the lovers hear their voices / confused with mine / promising a slate roof, / a gate, a child . . . "). Nurkse brings us an Iseult who has more power than she wants over Tristan's imagination, and a Tristan who understands his fate early on: "That charm was so strong, no luck could free us." For these lovers, time closes like a book, but it remains open for us as we hear both new tones and familiar voices, eerily like our own, in this age-old story made new again.
Excerpt from Der Roman von Tristan und Isolde Der Roman von Tristan und isolde ist die köstlichste Blüte im reichen Sagenkranz, der sich um König Arthur und seine Tafel wob. Die keltische Urzeit war seine Wiege und dene noch bleibt er ewig jung wie ein Lied. Der Menschheit. Der Sage wuchs bei ihrem Gang durch die lahrhunderte nur immer neues Gold an. Ihr menschlich typischer Gehalt ist ein so ausserordentlich hoher, dass er von allen Abwandlungen der Geschichte unberührt blieb. Die dünne Kulturhülle wechselt, der Kern bleibt. Wo immer Liebe Leid schafft und das Liebes verhängnis eherne Notwendigkeit ist, da flammt Tristans und lsoldens Schicksal zu neuem Leben auf. Von ewigem Zauber ist die Geschichte der zwei unseligen Menschen umwoben, in deren Verklammerung die Macht der Liebe in weit historischer Grösse symbolisiert ist. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
This anthology shows the diversity of the Arthurian legends and their many sources by presenting contrasting versions of the stories of Arthur, Gawain, Tristan and other medieval Arthurian heroes - and heroines.
A guide to both familiar and not-so-familiar heroes from the middle ages and their stories.
Why are sex and jewelry, particularly rings, so often connected? Why do rings continually appear in stories about marriage and adultery, love and betrayal, loss and recovery, identity and masquerade? What is the mythology that makes finger rings symbols of true (or, as the case may be, untrue) love? The cross-cultural distribution of the mythology of sexual rings is impressive--from ancient India and Greece through the Arab world to Shakespeare, Marie Antoinette, Wagner, nineteenth-century novels, Hollywood, and the De Beers advertising campaign that gave us the expression, "Diamonds Are Forever." Each chapter of The Ring of Truth, like a charm on a charm bracelet, considers a different constellation of stories: stories about rings lost and found in fish; forgetful husbands and clever wives; treacherous royal necklaces; fake jewelry and real women; modern women's revolt against the hegemony of jewelry; and the clash between common sense and conventional narratives about rings. Herein lie signet rings, betrothal rings, and magic rings of invisibility or memory. The stories are linked by a common set of meanings, such as love symbolized by the circular and unbroken shape of the ring: infinite, constant, eternal--a meaning that the stories often prove tragically false. While most of the rings in the stories originally belonged to men, or were given to women by men, Wendy Doniger shows that it is the women who are important in these stories, as they are the ones who put the jewelry to work in the plots.
The Mammoth Book of Arthurian Legends brings together many of the traditional stories about King Arthur along with several new interpretations of the legend to provide a complete picture of his birth, adventures, romance and fate. it traces Arthur's exploits to gain the sword Excalibur, the conflict with his half sister Morgan, the birth of his bastard son Mordred, and the shadowy influence and fate of Merlin. The collection also follows the adventures of many of Arthur's knights including Sir Balin, Sir Percival, Sir Gawain, Sir Lanval, Sir Marrock, Sir John, Sir Tristan and of course, Sir Lancelot. This culminates in the mighty Quest for the Holy Grail, the breakup of the Round Table, and finally the usurping of the throne by Mordred and the death of Arthur at Camlann. It even looks beyond the death of Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot to a ghostly finale of love immortal. Stories included are: The Winning of a Sword by Howard Pyle The Treason of Morgan le Fay by George Cox The Knight with Two Swords by John Steinbeck Sir Percival of Wales by Roger Lancelyn Green The Romance of Tristan and Iseult by Hillaire Belloc The Quest for the Holy Grail by Andrew Lang Guinevere and Lancelot by Andrew machen The Lady of Belec by Phyllis Anne Karr The Quiet Monk by Jane Yolen

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