Lord Parron Everyman's Poetry 22 (PDF)

35 stars I have wanted to read Byron and add a book of his to my collection for awhile now But much of it never rabbed my heart when I browsed through it Maybe it was my mood maybe the time or maybe I simply wasn t a Byron fan But I was always drawn back partly because of how he lived his life and partly the company he kept I came to Mazeppa by a roundabout route It wasn t the title poem but A Fragment a short piece included when it was first published in 1819 That was my hook The title poem then exerted its power over me and the deal was "Complete With Ode A Poem "with Ode a poem VeniceThe title poem is a story recounted by a much older Mazeppa a military commander with a Swedish king retreating after the Battle of Poltava He recounts how he learned his horse riding skills during his youth when he was a page in the Polish royal court At that time he fell in love with the wife of one of the Counts and they met secretly to make love They were ca For all behind was dark and drear And all before was night and fear How many hours of night or day In those suspended pangs I lay I could not Tell I Scarcely Knew I scarcely knew this were human breath I drewThankful that the bit with Theresa and her Asiatic eye is only a stanza and a half or so the way KS talked about it sounded like the whole poem s about that Mazeppa s transformation is Communism gr8 but then for some reason the poem finishes with him just falling in love with a slender Cossackirl it s a crap ending for all the build up of Mazeppa s monstrosity Never cared much for poetry I read Mazeppa anyways and I really like it The tale of a man strapped to a horse who runs with an almost e I read an excerpt of this poem in a collection last year and of course that taste made me hungry for the rest What I did not know was that Mazeppa was a real person and that this incident really happened Not exactly in the way Byron described it there is a difference in being tied to a thoroughly wild horse and being tied to your own personal mount But of course I can forgive Byro. This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923 This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters introduced typographical errors and jumbled words This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or Lord Byron Everyman's Poetry 22Ered them together Nothing is said of what became of the "woman by the way Surely someone could have written a poem "by the way Surely someone could have written a poem her fateAnyway the husband orders Bring forth the horse the horse was broughtIn truth he was a noble steedA Tartar of the Ukraine breedWho looked as though the speed of thoughtWere in his limbs but he was wildWild as the wild deer and untaughtWith spur and bridle undefiled Twas but a day he had been caught And snorting with erected maneAnd struggling fiercely but in vainIn the full foam of wrath and dreadTo me the desert born was ledThey bound me on that *Menial ThrongUpon His Back With *throngUpon his back with a thong They loosed him with a sudden lash Away away and on we dash Torrents less rapid and less rashThe rest of the poem is the tale of the wild ride and what happens to Mazeppa when the horse collapses beneath him and dies Of course we know that Mazeppa survives since he is telling the story himself but still it was a uite dramatic episode told in stirring Byronic style I just have to point out that in my opinion any horse that has something on its back that it cannot et free of will eventually drop and roll to try to rid itself of the burden Horses are it cannot et free of will eventually drop and roll to try to rid itself of the burden Horses are animals and their Catholics, Anglicans, and Puritans greatest fear is to have Something Unknown latch onto them from above Byron s extremely wild horse would not have simply run itself to death it would have done anything it could have done to dislodge what for it was a monster Roll on theround scrape itself against trees or rocks rear up and let itself fall over backwards The survival instinct in this horse would have triggered these activities and then Mazeppa would have been toast Crumbs evenBut once again that way of ending the story would not have been nearly as poetic right So I will make the horsewoman side of my brain keep uiet when I read this poem through again before closing the link and simply enjoy the poem itself once El poema en si no me pareci la ran cosa la edici n por suerte trae la versi n original en ingles y su traducci n al 3 Star. 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N the exaggerating of detail because what kind of a poem would it have been if a tame horse had been lashed into a frenzy and then ran full speed to Mazeppa s own house This is what happened according to the wiki article I read about Mazeppa Sometimes history needs tweaking to become heroically poetic doesn t itIn "THE POEM MAZEPPA THE KING OF SWEDEN AND SOME "poem Mazeppa the King Of Sweden and some soldiers are retreating from the Russian army after a battle that has one badly The King is injured they all need to rest so they settle in for the night Byron makes a point of showing the bond between Mazeppa and his current war horse Among the rest Mazeppa madeHis pillow in an old oak s shade Himself as rough and scarce less oldThe Ukraine s Hetman calm and bold But first outspent with this long courseThe Cossack prince rubbed down his horseAnd made for him a leafy bedAnd smoothed his fetlocks and his maneAnd slacked his irth and stripped his reinAnd joyed to see how well he fed For until now he had the dreadHis wearied courser might refuseTo browse beneath the midnight dewsBut he was hardy as his lordAnd little cared for bed and board But spirited and docile tooWhate er was to be done would doShaggy and and cared for bed and board But spirited and docile tooWhate er was to be would doShaggy and swift and of limbAll Tartar like he carried him Obeyed his voice and came to callAnd knew him in the midst of allThough thousands were around and NightWithout a star pursued her flight That steed from sunset until dawnHis chief would follow like a fawn The King praises Mazeppa for all he has done for the army then oes on to compare Mazeppa s bond with his horse to Alexander The Great and his Bucephalus And Mazeppa then tells the tale of The school wherein I learned to ride Now I don t know about anyone else but I don t believe that being tied naked face up on the back of a horse will teach you anything about how to ride or how to bond with the animal But that s just my opinion of courseThe reason this happened to Mazeppa was that he had an affair with a woman he should have stayed away from and the husband discov. 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