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Q: quiz answer (literature) ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: quiz answer (literature)
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: janiebelle-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 03 Jan 2003 12:59 PST
Expires: 02 Feb 2003 12:59 PST
Question ID: 137096
what is the 10 letter English city mentioned in The Wooden Legged
Fiddler which, I believe, is a poem/work by Alfred Noyes? (The Song of
the Wooden Legged Fiddler).
Subject: Re: quiz answer (literature)
Answered By: luciaphile-ga on 06 Jan 2003 06:45 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi janiebelle-ga,

Thanks for your question.

Portsmouth is the 10-letter-English city mentioned in the poem by
Alfred Noyes. As the poem is under copyright (Noyes died in 1958), I
can't reproduce it in its entirety for you here, but Portsmouth is
written both under the title and later in the poem itself:

"On a night of delight in the following spring,
With a pair of stout shoon
And a seafaring tune
And a bundle and stick in the light of the moon, 
Down the long road
To Portsmouth I strode,
To fight like a sailor for country and king."

"Song of the Wooden-Legged Fiddler," _Collected Poems of Alfred Noyes_
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1913, vol. I, pp. 66-67.

Search strategy:
Searched the web without success--there is a great deal about Noyes,
but not it appears this particular poem save for the links that
hummer-ga included below.

I found a library near me that had a number of Noyes' books and found
the poem in the volume cited above.

I hope this answers your question. If you need any more information,
please ask for clarification before rating my answer.

janiebelle-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $20.00
Luciaphile  -  you are wonderful!!! Many thanks for your research  - 
I can now stop tearing my hair out.

Subject: Re: quiz answer (literature)
From: hummer-ga on 04 Jan 2003 10:38 PST
Hi janiebelle,

Sorry, I haven't had much luck in answering your question directly,
The Manuscripts Department Library of the University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill holds a copy of "The Song of the Wooden Legged Fiddler".
Perhaps the librarian wouldn't mind looking up the city for you - here
are several UNC links that may be helpful.

Folder 181.02: Noyes, Alfred    Song of Wooden Legged Fiddler

Manuscripts Department Library of the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill

Please send comments and questions to:

Manuscripts Dept, UNC-Chapel Hill:

On-line Inquiry Form:

If that doesn't pan out, you could try contacting someone at "The
Poet's Corner":

I hope this helps,

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