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A Passionate Pilgrim

Henry James

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. . .spise them!—and stroll up and down and say something kind to them. Poor precious forsaken creatures! So flattered and courted in their day, so neglected now! Offering up their shoulders and ringlets and smiles to that musty deadly silence!"

I laid my hand on my friend's shoulder. "Oh sir, you're all right!"

Just at this moment there came cantering down the shallow glade of the avenue a young girl on a fine black horse—one of those little budding gentlewomen, perfectly mounted and equipped, who form to alien eyes one of the prettiest incidents of English scenery. She had distanced her servant and, as she came abreast of us, turned slightly in her saddle and glanced back at him. In the movement she dropped the hunting-crop with which she was armed; whereupon she reined up and looked shyly at us and at the implement. "This is something better than a Lely," I said. Searle hastened forward, picked up the crop and, with a particular courtesy th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

To be more definative, this is not a bad selection of poems, but the material is rather harsh, especially for being about love, as two of the poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece deal with passion that is not love though often given that title. This is something that I have always liked ab

alright i read all of shakespeare’s major poems. all of the sonnets too. mostly because i had to for my shakespeare’s poetry class.

These are surely the most underrated works by Shakespeare. Venus and Adonis and the Rape of Lucrece are both astonishingly good, so much so that I can't believe they're not taught more (or maybe they are?) I guess the difference is that they're much less subtle than the most brilliant moments of the

Great work! I loved the poems in this collection and I enjoyed them very much, especially Venus and Adonis!

The Poems: Venus and Adonis, the Rape of Lucrece, the Phoenix and the Turtle, the Passionate Pilgrim, a Lover's Complaint is a collection of all five poems that are attributed to William Shakespeare (sans the sonnets).

Venus and Adonis (★★★★☆) is a narrative poem, which tells the story of Venus, the

There. I did it. I finished his complete works. I almost can't believe I did it, but I did.

I'm having crisps today. It's a special occasion, after all.

"There are certain signs to know,
Faithful friend from flatt'ring foe."

The diversity of poems in this collection, some of them rather more alien to the modern reader than Shakespeare's plays or sonnets, makes rating this book difficult. The Passionate Pilgrim is a very uneven miscellany, only some of the contents of which are by Shakespeare. The metaphysical allegory o

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