The Lady of the Lake

The Lady of the Lake A kindly heart had brave Fitz James Fast poured his eyes at pity s claims And now with mingled grief and ire He saw the murdered maid expire God in my need be my relief As I wreak this on yonder

  • Title: The Lady of the Lake
  • Author: Walter Scott
  • ISBN: 9781596054721
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • A kindly heart had brave Fitz James Fast poured his eyes at pity s claims, And now, with mingled grief and ire, He saw the murdered maid expire God, in my need, be my relief, As I wreak this on yonder Chief from The Lady of the Lake Wildly successful with readers and critics on both sides of the Atlantic when it was first published in 1810, this is Scott s renowned rA kindly heart had brave Fitz James Fast poured his eyes at pity s claims, And now, with mingled grief and ire, He saw the murdered maid expire God, in my need, be my relief, As I wreak this on yonder Chief from The Lady of the Lake Wildly successful with readers and critics on both sides of the Atlantic when it was first published in 1810, this is Scott s renowned romantic poem about love and honor amidst a bitter rivalry between King James V and the powerful Douglas clan of the Scottish Highlands This revised edition, published in 1899, features an extensive introduction that places Scott and his writings in historical and literary context, as well as explanatory notes, study guides, and suggested selections for class or book group readings Scottish novelist and poet SIR WALTER SCOTT 1771 1832 , a literary hero of his native land, turned to writing only when his law practice and printing business foundered Among his most beloved works are Rob Roy 1818 , and Ivanhoe 1820 American writer WILLIAM VAUGHN MOODY 1869 1910 served as co editor of the Harvard Monthly and assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago He authored several verse plays, books of poetry, and histories and criticisms of English literature.

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    1. The only thing i read on my Romantic Literature MA that i gave a crap about. If you want Romantic poetry that defies Wordsworth, and his ever-so-tedious ilk, then this is the guy. Rock on Scotland, the progenitor of pissing people off. This poem is written with extensive notes; it is PIVOTAL that the poem is read in conjunction with these. All the peri-textual material, the introduction, the notes are as much the beating heart of the poem as the Cantos. They display a measure of detail, both rea [...]

    2. This is a beautiful romantic poem in the midst of the rivalry of James the fifth and the Clan of Douglas in Scottland. It was originally printed in 1810. In this version there are explanitary notes and a wonderful introduction which explains the times in which this was written to better understand the poem.I recommend all of Walter Scott's books but especially this one.Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond

    3. I found the copy of this book that I have under a floor board in our barn. The copyright is 1882 and there are notes written all through it in an old-style cursive from a student that was apparently studying the book at school. I love the description each seperate sonnet or poem takes you to new surroundings, and when I'm not pre-occupied with other thoughts while reading these, I find myself feeling the emotions described. I read this to my children at bed time to calm them down. Here;s a samp [...]

    4. The Lady of the Lake is a narrative poem set in the Trossachs region of Scotland. There are three main plots going at once: the constant war between the high and lowland Scots (the "Gaels" and "Saxons"), a battle between three men to win the heart of the young and alluring Ellen Douglas, and the feud and eventual rapprochement that occurs between James V (cunningly disguised and going by the alias James Fitz-James) and James Douglas. This is the first of Scott's work I've read and I'm already a [...]

    5. Beautiful writing, but I can tell it's been a long time since I read a long narrative poem because it took me a bit to get settled into it. I had to force myself to slow down and savor the language and imagery. Still the writing is lovely, the descriptions pull you in, and the story grows on you. I feel like I should give it 5 stars, but I think it throws too many people at you too quickly, and most of us don't have the background to keep everyone straight easily. The version I read had the note [...]

    6. Amazingly, this used to be taught in the 9th grade at the turn of the last century. Don't know if our students could read it today. The story is wonderful and would make a romantic and action-packed film. At his best, Sir Walter Scott is eloquent and the story flows through it's poetic cantos so quickly that one can't put it down. Some parts however, drag a bit for a modern audience. Based loosely on the reign of James V, King of Scotland, and the beautiful Ellen, this is an almost forgotten yet [...]

    7. My sister bought me a 1845 edition of this book when I was twelve, I'm 17 now and I've only just plucked up the courage to read it! The writing and format was not the thing that was keeping me from reading it, the delicate pages and worn spine were the problem.The writing on the opening page leads me to believe it belonged to a Scottish priest who for certain is no longer alive and the thought of accidentally destroying that history kept me from even picking it up.I'm mad at myself for not readi [...]

    8. I bought this 1919 edition at an antique store in Boothbay Harbour, ME. It's on my shelf for life even if I never finish it! I FINALLY finished it! The beginning is very confusing with introducing a lot of characters at once and trying to figure out who's talking and who's who. But towards the end, it all started to fall into place and get exciting with war, love, politics, and the most wonderful descriptions. I think if I went back to read it again I would enjoy it doubly since I now can follow [...]

    9. I'm not entirely sure if I like rhymed poetry but there are some beautiful parts and Scotland is always appreciated.

    10. "The rose is fairest when 't budding new, and hope is brightest when it dawns from fears; the rose is sweetest washed with morning dew, and love is loveliest when embalmed in tears." -Walter Scott The Lady of the Lakes is a romantic tale centering on three characters: Willamina Stuart, Charlotte Carpenter, and Mr. Walter Scott. Willamina is a young beauty and an only child to her sophisticated parents. She deals with pressure of parental expectations regarding matrimony and her contradicting ide [...]

    11. tHIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE TRUE STORY OF THE LOVES OF SIR wALTER sCOTT. hE DID HAVE A N UNHAPPY LIFE WHEN HE GAVE HIS HEART TO A WOMAN WHO DID NOT APPRECIATE HIS POETIC SPIRIT OR HIS INSPIRATION IN HIS LIFE. hE ENDED UP WITH CHARLOTTE CARPENTER WHO HE COMES TO LOVE AS MUCH AS WILHELMINA. hE FINDS IN HER A COMPANION THAT HE ALWAYS WANTED. i LIKED THIS BOOK AND IT WAS INFORMATIVE AND WHEN HE WALKS ALONG HADIRANS WALL LAND TEACHES MISS CARPENTER ABOUT ALL OF THE HISTORY OF sCOTLAND.

    12. I wish that I had read this in a college class or a discourse on poems. That would have helped a great deal. As a novice to Scottish lore and poetry in general, I was often at a loss. The poetry and imagery were beautiful. I understood the events in general, but not specifics. I probably needed to read this with a cliff note guide or similar helper.

    13. Well, to say "I read this" is being a little kind to myself. It is true that my eyes passed over all of the words, but I have never had a head for poetry and my comprehension of the poem is seriously lacking. Most of the time I had no idea what was going on and what little I understood was aided by the synopsis of each canto on . I have discovered a major lack within my own literary understanding and hope one day to correct it, at which point I will try and read this again. And maybe then I will [...]

    14. The poetry itself was exquisite. Sir Walter Scott's imagery is vivid and deep, and his command of rhyme is masterful. Whether it is the intensity of combat or the calm stillness of the lake, he is at his best when describing his romantic vision of medieval Scotland. Where the poem came short, in my opinion, was with the plot - the plot itself was fine, but it wasn't explained well at all. For every stanza describing the setting or the characters, there is precious little explicit explanation of [...]

    15. Braveheart-romantiikan lähteillä: kaikki tämä, mikä siihen aikaan (1810) oli niin uutta ja ihmeellistä - Ylämaan villi luonto, muinaiset soturisankarit ja taistelut - on nyt ultimate klisee, koska elokuvien ja kirjojen keskiaikainen soturimeininki on nimenomaan rakennettu Scottin viitoittamalle historiallisen fiktion tielle. Ihailtavan huolitellulla ja paikallisväritteisellä runokielellä kuvatut käsikähmät ovat koreografialtaan niitä kaikkein kuluneimpia, joita Monty Python voi par [...]

    16. The Regency equivalent of a western, and a narrative poem with easy to appreciate rhymes that has withstood the test of time. Roderick and FitzJames have a great fight scene and there are many beautiful songs, plus a memorable tragic area involving a mad woman in the mountains. Malcolm--Ellen's love interest--is the main problem, as he's nothing so cool as either of the other boyfriend possibilities, but thats pretty much the only fault I find in this delightful escape into the past.

    17. "The rose is fairest when 't is budding new, And hope is brightest when it dawns from fears,The rose is sweetest washed with morning dew, And love is loveliest when embalmed in tears."This is a beautiful epic poem set in Scotland. The story is full of adventure centering around hunting, war, and love. This poem reminded me a little of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in its lyricism and epic plot.

    18. Was ever an author as inconsistent as Scott? When I read through his novels (yes, all of them), I found some were un-put-downable while others were barely pick-up-againable. And now, the same with his poems - Marmion was something of a confusing and tedious ramble, but The Lady of the Lake is brilliant. Technically faultless, it's also a rattling good story with wonderful descriptive passages. Not to be missed.

    19. An excellent narrative poem if you need a little more verse in your life. It's got everything that a work in verse should have: chivalry, Scottish clans, feats of strength, green tights, war, a mad druid and of course a lovely maid, and should almost be read out loud it's so beautiful at times. I also learned a thing or two about Scottish history and also American history: (coming from ) Frederick Douglass takes his last name from one of the families in this poem.

    20. "The Lady of the Lake" is an exciting Scottish tale of maidens fair, warriors true, and leaders of benevolent hue. The language and poetry tantalized my senses. I felt the breeze from the lake, the smell of the musty grotto, I heard the broad swords clang in battle, saw the eagle alight on the craggy mountain top and tasted the soldier's meal of dried venison.The language in this poem is archaic, so keep your dictionaries handy so you can appreciate every turn of phrase.

    21. The edition of the book that I have has been on the bookshelf in my home since I was a child. The entire work is written in prose and though it took a handful of pages to become accustomed to, it was absolutely worth it. the story was fantastic, and the versatile use of language required to maintain the prose without becoming predictable or cliche was a pleasure to read. If you can get this in that version I highly recommend it.

    22. It sings itself. I've heard it many times and places called the ultimate description of the part of Scotland in which it's set, so I was eager to read it. What I didn't know was that it would carry me along on its wings refusing to put me down until it was over. What a romantic ballad and how infinitely descriptive. A joy to read!

    23. I read this in bits and pieces over several months, so I lost the narrative thread a few times. But it was great. First Scott I’ve really read, I think, and oh! You can SEE the scenery when he describes it. And some of the characterization is awesome. And the reveal of the true person of James FitzJames at the end – beautiful!

    24. The storyline was okay. I think I would have enjoyed it more had it been written in prose.I didn't know until recently that the story was published in the early 1800's. That said, I thought Scott did a fine job of keeping an ancient feel to the story.

    25. Copy given to my grandfather on his 12th birthday by twin cousins.The most interesting aspect is the footnotes full of Scottish tradition, history and customs.I don't know if I'll ever finish it because it is so dense and the heroine eventually dies.

    26. The Lady of the Lake is not only an excellent poem - well structured and compelling - but it is also extremely readable, which immediately drew me to it. I found myself hooked, drawn into the tale and into the words themselves.

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