I found the end of the far reaches of the Internet today.  The Internet is a very big place with information on virtually everything…
…except for a full version of Robert Southey’s epic poem, "A Tale of Paraguay" published in 1825.  Southey, who?  Thou might aske if ye, like mee, be navght an accoemplished scholare of English literatur.  You know, Southey, the English poet who was a member of the "Lake Poets" which including the distinguished William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  It was Southey who first penned the famous children’s story, "The Three Bears."  I read about Southey’s tale of Paraguay in another book and wanted to read it.  Southey never visited Paraguay, but he used lands such as Paraguay (and Brazil and the American frontier) as settings to extrapolate his political ideals.  In "A Tale of Paraguay," Southey turned the prose of Jesuit Priest Martin Dobrizhoffer into an allegory promoting the idea of missionary colonialism in the British colonies, just as the Spaniards and Portuguese permitted in their colonial empires.
I searched the Web for a full version of this poem and found several books on Southey’s poetry, but I could not find a full version of his poem.  Instead, I found snippets of it available here for your reading pleasure (click on the links):
Unfortunately, to read the entire poem, I have to locate a book of Southey’s poetry and either check it out from the library or buy it online.  The copyright on this poem expired years ago, so "A Tale of Paraguay" is an excellent example of a work in the public domain that should be available online.  Of course, some publishers are still profiting from Southey’s work by publishing collections or analyses of his poetry.
Today, I found the end of the Internet universe.  His name is Robert Southey.

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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1 Comment

  1. Terry's Gravatar Terry
    April 20, 2007    

    Umm… can we get back to the wine discourse. 🙂

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