The Penguin Book of English Song
Seven Centuries of Poetry from Chaucer to Auden
An anthology of some of the greatest poetry in the English language
Poetry and music have been associated with each other from the very beginning. The Penguin Book of English Song draws together a great variety of English poetry (including Irish, Scots and Welsh writers) that has reached a wider audience through the magic of music. Richard Stokes's rich anthology of verse stretches from the fourteenth century to the twentieth, collecting poems that have inspired musical settings by one hundred English poets, with a treasure trove of illuminating notes and marginalia about their lives, work and, often, their approach to music.
Stokes gathers together in a single volume a huge amount of information about English song that will assist musicians in performing these works, and enlighten all those enthusiasts who delight in the fusion of words and music that has produced countless moments of incandescent magic.