Lepanto (Chesterton) Versions of. Lepanto by Gilbert Keith Chesterton The poem refers to the naval Battle of Lepanto of Versions of. Edited by Dale Ahlquist Hilaire Belloc called “Lepanto” Chesterton’s greatest poem and the greatest poem of his generation. But not only have English classes . Hilaire Belloc called “Lepanto” Chesterton’s greatest poem and the greatest poem of his generation. But not only have English classes.

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Dale Alquist’s commentary at the end of the poem is very enlightening. If this was the first book with Chesterton’s name on it I ever read I’d never chestedton read another one.

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Chesterton’s poetry never does disappoint. Dale Ahlquist, author of G. ChestertonWordsworth Editions Ltd, p. Rachel rated it it was amazing Jan 13, Like every masterpiece, it is a work of art that continues to Chesterton is a vastly interesting, underrated writer, and it’s a crime that you can’t get his complete works for anything close to a reasonable rate I’ve looked into this several times.

It resolutely demands all their glory with additional notes and explanatory text, and two essays by the incomparable Chesterton himself. I read this to my children, great literary work for the entire family. Jan 12, Robert rated it really liked it. Jun 17, Marcos Junior rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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The commentary included in the book gives a wonderful historical background to this little known battle between the naval forces representing Christianity Chesterton Works about battles and military operations s in fiction Ottoman Empire in fiction Historical poems Battle of Lepanto. I will never forget now, for example, that Miguel de Cervantes– who’s town I lived in while at university in Spain–fought and was wounded in that last crusade.


Reading GK is difficult but worth reading. Barb Garza rated it it was amazing Jul 27, Chesterton’s great poem commemorating the naval victory of the Holy Roman League in the battle of Lepanto. Published August 30th by Ignatius Press first published I read “Lepanto,” and man-oh-man, G.

Dim drums throbbing, in the hills half heard, Where only on a nameless throne a crownless prince has stirred, Chesteeton, risen from a doubtful seat and half attainted stall, The last knight of Europe takes weapons from the wall, The last and lingering troubadour to whom the bird has sung, That once went singing cheserton when all the world was young, In that enormous silence, tiny and unafraid, Comes up along a winding road the noise of the Crusade.

This battle was really the final push against the inroads Islam was making into Europe and stopped its advancement through the leadership of Don Jon of Austria and the prayers and intercessions of Pope Pius V and other devoted Christians.

Lists with This Book. It should be in every cjesterton of English literature and part of the standard syllabus in every class of English but it isn’t.

Well-known Chesterton expert, Dale Ahlquist, has gathered together all the insightful commentaries and explanatory notes.

Retrieved from ” https: Of course, this may be the point, since Chesterton places great emphasis on the ability to laugh, even at serious topics; this even shows up in the poem itself in the contrast between the humorless Sultan’s “blood-red crescent, the crescent of his lips,” and the smile of the comic poet Cervantes, which is described as “not as Sultans smile.


Chesterton gives an amazing description of the different kings and leaders involved, or not involved, and the different tensions and preoccupations among them. All the little historical references are so much fun to discover and puzzle out – seriously!

Chesterton celebrating the victory of the Holy League in the Battle of Lepanto written in irregular stanzas of rhyming, roughly paeonic tetrameter coupletsoften ending in a quatrain of four dimeter lines. Cervantes on his galley sets the sword back in the sheath Don John of Austria rides homeward with a wreath.

Chesterton gives an amazing description of the different kings and leaders involved, or not involved, and the different tensi Amazing poem–and the commentary in this book is invaluable for ordinary folks like me to get its meaning. Good poem, excellent commentary. It suffers in obscurity because of a combined prejudice against rhyme and meter, against Catholicism, and against G.

The Catholic Church and Conversion. Aug 18, kesseljunkie rated it it was amazing. This is a mesmerizing poem, and this edition contains annotations and several commentaries. And that’s really interesting, too.

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Lepanto (Chesterton)

Chesterton has an excellent command of rhythm and rhyme. They have dared the white republics up the capes of Italy.

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