… and I am rather pleased with the result.
“Books, books, books!
I had found the secret of a garret room
Piled high with cases in my father’s name;
Piled high, packed large,–where, creeping in and out
Among the giant fossils of my past,
Like some small nimble mouse between the ribs
Of a mastodon, I nibbled here and there
At this or that box, pulling through the gap,
In heats of terror, haste, victorious joy,
The first book first. And how I felt it beat
Under my pillow, in the morning’s dark,
An hour before the sun would let me read!
I have loved Elizabeth Barrett Browning for as long as I can remember, but though I loved the idea of a novel in verse I found the idea of actually reading one rather scary.
But a few years ago I spotted a Persephone book in a library sale. I pounced, and I found that it was one of Persephone’s lesser known titles. Lettice Delmer by Susan Miles – a novel in verse. I read it, I loved it, and the verse worked beautifully.
I realised that the verse form is simply another weapon on the novelist’s armoury, and that in the right hands it could be wonderfully, wonderfully effective.
And I have such faith in this poet-novelist ….
Are you spinning? I do hope so!
And I do hope that you are as pleased with your spin book as I am with mine.
I have never read a verse novel but this sounds lovely. Hope you will enjoy!
I would be daunted by a novel in verse but my daughter read Aurora Leigh and she loved it. Completely loved it.
I’m sure I read Aurora Leigh a *loooooooong* time ago – I think I enjoyed it, but will be interested to hear what you make of it!