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The English Funerals

McCully, Chris (2021) The English Funerals. Muscaliet Press, Colchester, pp. 1-60.

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Abstract

The English Funerals is a collection of ten-line prose poems which embody an exploration of ‘epic’ verse and instantiate epic themes: the crossing of water, the consultation of oracles, descents into under– or otherworlds; the presence of miraculous beasts, and the immanence of death. Each short text allusively or explicitly contains three such themes and they are presented in a variety of voices – some old, some contemporary. The effect is that of an aural mosaic: each poem (tile) itself represents an epic fragment, but is juxtaposed with other tiles which themselves yield another story, another fragment of the epic whole – a disconcerting geography, whose voices and histories are present only briefly on the rim of extinction.

Item Type: Book
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2022 14:36
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 19:48
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31442

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