Although the poems are not directly connected (except,
perhaps in theme and context), their arrangement within the book suggests a
desire to draw the reader into an odyssey from the opening line, a touching
journey, heartbreaking at times, with only one beginning and one inevitable outcome,
stopping along the way to share in the author’s unquestioning love affair with
the English countryside; Norman’s passion for his beloved home country is
almost hymn-like at times.
Reading this poetry was an absolute pleasure. There are 40 pieces here to choose from, and
picking a favourite is hard, particularly is poetry often comes down to a
matter of taste; I do like the short, jolly verses of “The Musician” and “I
Wonder Why”, and the brief, sad tribute in “Requiem”. In my opinion the clever prose is most
visible in “Valhalla”. You may disagree
with my choices, but one thing I’m certain of is that you will find many works
here you will like.
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