Troubador Sequestered in Harmony

Released: 01/12/2013

ISBN: 9781783061822

Format: Paperback

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Sequestered in Harmony

Sonnets and other poems


Alan McCracken was deeply affected by his wife Elizabeth’s death in 2003. They had been married for over forty years, and in her memory he began to write about their life together as an attempt to find solace and comfort. ‘Harmony’, a word which is inscribed inside Elizabeth’s wedding ring, was his first sonnet. This grew to a collection of fifty, amongst fourteen other poems of varied styles and lengths, and so Sequestered in Harmony was created.

There is a sadness that runs throughout many of Alan’s poems, but even the blackest of them ends on a hopeful note. He finds beauty in the natural world, focusing on happier times, from his and his wife's first meeting, to holidays on the beach, his hitch-hiking and, in later years, driving home to her. These all point back to the book’s title, which indicates how the couple felt, cosy and sheltered in their own world together.

“In the darkest times after Elizabeth’s death, I wrote a few poems, but then remembered that she used to suggest lightheartedly that I might write her a sonnet. I didn’t, I couldn’t; not then. Now it seemed appropriate to write sonnets in her memory,” the author comments on his poetic inspiration.

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I have never been a fan of modern day poetry, always preferring the classics such as Tennyson or Coleridge, but I was so moved reading the sonnets and poems in Sequestered in Harmony. I hope you will continue write many more.L

by Lois Leyland

Having heard only the odd line when asked for my opinion on which word sounded best I have waited patiently to read the whole collection once completed. My concerns that the poems would be morbid and upsetting have been totally unfounded. In fact they give an enormous sense of love, hope and belief in the wonder of all life, past, present and future. My favourite from the poems is 'Danger Within' because although on the surface it appears a bit dark, in reality, it shows an absolute commitment to life and continuity. With regard to the sonnets 'Birds' is a lovely celebration of perfect simplicity but it is the sonnet 'Turning Point', whether it's because I know the circumstances surrounding it, that I read as the most moving and lifting of the collection. I look forward to reading the next publication from the author.

by janette mccracken

I was very excited to read this book upon receiving this and I really did not know what to expect. I definitely was not disappointed, the poems and sonnets are a marvellous reflection of the life that Alan and Elizabeth shared together and it was so lovel to read the true love that was shared between them. This book takes you through a range of emotions with the variety of poems and sonnets included to demonstrate the love, care, loss and heartbreak that a couple go through. I would definitely recommend reading this book.

by Claire Coulter

I have been so hesitant to read this book because my grandfather wrote it and now I am kicking myself because he is just as capable as love and loss as myself, if not more. I don't think I'm at all biased when I say that this book can absolutely prescribe the kind of advice only a grandfather can bring when you're being self indulgent about a relationship. I hope I'm inspired to write poetry on par with this one day. Thank you for these amazing sonnets Grandpa.

by Tammy Lawlor

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