Troubador The Flash of Weathercocks

Released: 28/08/2016

ISBN: 9781785892349

Format: Hardback

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The Flash of Weathercocks

New and Collected Poems


The Flash of Weathercocks: New and Collected Poems is a collection with a difference. Old meets new in The Flash of Weathercocks; an anthology comprising poems that have been previously printed as well as some that are unseen, arranged in fifteen thematic sections, containing landscape poems, portraits of people, love poems, satires, humorous poems, personal memories, etc. In a wide variety of styles, forms and moods, they were written by a man in middle life, and reflect the changes in contemporary beliefs and the tension between society as it was in the mid-twentieth century and the social habits and presuppositions experienced at the end of it. Taken as a whole, the collection reveals an interplay of contrasting responses to the frustrations, hazards and delights of human existence, each poem qualifying others in a manner that by implication converts monolithic attitudes into complementary relativities – a function of poetry that can, in Samuel Johnson’s phrase, enable responsive readers ‘the better to enjoy life and the better to endure it’. The Flash of Weathercocks intends to do just that.

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Glen Cavaliero

Glen Cavaliero lives in Cambridge, where he is a member of the University’s Faculty of English and a Fellow Commoner of St Catharine’s College. A former adviser to the Cambridge International Poetry Festival, he is the author of seven collections of poems, while his other publications include John Cowper Powys: Novelist (1973), The Rural Tradition in the English Novel 1900-1939 (1977), A Reading of E.M. Forster (1979), Charles Williams: Poet of Theology (1983), The Supernatural and English Fiction (1995), and The Alchemy of Laughter: Comedy in English Fiction (2000). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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