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Orts 62, 2002

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It is always a pleasure to find a contemporary book, pamphlet or magazine article previously unrecorded in the bibliographies. Recently I came across-'The Elocutionist' with a portrait of George MacDonald on the cover and two poems for recitation within its pages: 'Abu Midjan' and 'After an Old Legend' - both from 'Parables and Ballads' (being Vol. IV of 'Works of Fancy and Imagination’ 1871). It is good to know that the public at large were introduced to MacDonald's poetry in this way. I have practised reciting the poems (on my own) and would agree that they are worth reading out loud. The public reading of poetry is a lost art. Perhaps a member would like to organise a poetry reading?

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