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Record Number: 11345


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Then, when I was twelve we had a really good poetry book which contained extracts from "The Excursion", part of "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage", "The Eve of Saint Agnes", "Adonais", "The Pied Piper of Hamelin", and Mathew Arnold's "Tristram and Iseult". We were given "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" and "The Pied Piper" to learn by heart in consecutive years. I never liked "The Pied Piper", which, being written consciously as a child's poem, made me feel conscious, and most of "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" seemed unreal to me... The poems in the book which I liked best were "The Eve of Saint Agnes" and "Tristram and Iseult"...'

Century:

1850-1899, 1900-1945

Date:

Between 15 May 1899 and 1 Jan 1901

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Garth

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Edwin Muir

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

15 May 1887

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

farmer's son, later poet

Religion:

Protestant

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Scotland

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

John Keats

Title:

The Eve of Saint Agnes

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

published in school reader

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

11345

Source:

Print

Author:

Edwin Muir

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The story and the fable: An autobiography

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1940

Vol:

n/a

Page:

87

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Edwin Muir, The story and the fable: An autobiography (London, 1940), p. 87, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=11345, accessed: 29 June 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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