by Edited by Alice Oswald - £7.99 Faber and Faber (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780571218578 | ISBN 10: 0571218571
The thunder mutters louder and more loud... (John Clare)
Taking for her subject our human planet, or what Robert Lowell called 'this sweet volcanic cone', Alice Oswald has chosen 101 poems which map the border between the personal and natural worlds - from work poems at one end of the scale (songs for lowering anchors, or for cutting cotton) to metamorphic poems in which the human has crossed entirely over into the non-human.
In between, there are vivid portraits of the intermediate state in which most of us spend our lives. Including poems by William Barnes, Robert Frost, John Clare, Gerard Manley Hopkins, W.H. Auden, Stevie Smith, Ted Hughes, Hugh MacDiarmid, John Ashberry, and many others, The Thunder Mutters casts its net worldwide, historically and geographically, engaging restlessly with the many-centred energies of the natural world.
"...almost liturgical in its clever and subtle assembling of work, its movement from thunder to nest, its ebb and flow, call and refrain. It's an astonishing and genuinely surprising book."
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