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Reynard the Fox or the Ghost Heath Run

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1920. English poet, dramatist and novelist who was Poet Laureate of England from 1930 until his death. Reynard the Fox is one of his long narrative poems. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
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Published January 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published October 1919)
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Miriam
I am not the audience for this book. Long, narrative poetry is not my preferred sort, and I am not a sport-hunting enthusiast. I certainly don't valorize fox-hunting the way Masefield does, calling it a "beauty and delight" -- in his introduction he writes that "Hunting makes more people happy than anything I know. When people are happy together, I am quite certain that they build up something eternal, something both beautiful and divine, which weakens the power of all evil things upon this life ...more
Taro
Delightfully entertaining.
The story of a fox-hunt in England, feels and smells English, all the weird British geographic descriptors (what the heck's a 'copse'?), makes you feel either on the hunt or on the run.
Some parts hilariously funny, some parts tense and nerve-wracking. Run, little fox, run!
And some really great parts were where he would describe the fox 'seeing' scents, as foxes have great sense of smell.

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I found Disney made a short about fox hunting, which is basically the same thing.
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Michael Spring
Apr 10, 2013 Michael Spring rated it really liked it
Don't bother with the first half where the people gather for the hunt. Cut to the chase, as they say, and if you can, read this poem out loud to someone, preferably in front of an open fire, with a glass of something to lubricate the vocal chords.
Stephen Brooke
Dec 04, 2011 Stephen Brooke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
It may not be Paradise Lost but it's a lot more fun, as long narrative poems go. There are suggestions of racism or, at least, a certain class snobbishness in it, but I guess that's how the fox hunters portrayed here actually were! At any rate, we'll all be rooting for Reynard, won't we?
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Sep 28, 2013 Nettle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up off carboot earlier, 1923 edition.
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Masefield was born in Ledbury, a rural area in England to George Masefield, a solicitor and Caroline. His mother died giving birth to his sister when Masefield was only 6 and he went to live with his aunt. His father died soon after. After an unhappy education at the King's School in Warwick (now known as Warwick School), where he was a boarder between 1888 and 1891, he left to board the HMS Conwa ...more
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