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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  11 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Paperback, 53 pages
Published 2008 by faber and faber
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Sheenagh Pugh
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
You can't flick through this collection browsing here and there, as you can with most. You really do have to read it in order, like a narrative, because it mirrors Sir John Mandeville's highly coloured 14th-century account of his world travels.

Now I know subject matter shouldn't make a difference, it should all be about the poet's skill. But the fact is, some subject matter really is more attractive than others - if we are going to immerse ourselves in a fictional world, it might as well be one
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-and-drama
This is simply a superb little collection of poems that took me the best part of a month to read through because every poem deserves two or three readings. Francis has a feel and felicity for language that is quite unusual, having an ability through the choice of one word to root a stanza or a sentiment in the heart of the reader.

The poems, written (in form, if not rhyme) as Terza Rima have an exotic feel to them - like a translation of Dante, whose influence is certainly present, not least in O
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful evocation of a late-medieval traveller, Sir John Mandeville - not a gap-year more a gap-life! - who ventures from little England to the far horizons, physically, mentally & emotionally. His encounters with the extraordinary & fantastical are beautifully captured in easy-flowing verses which delight the poetic palette with a rich rainbow of images & imaginings. Matthew Francis displays no jarring idiosyncrasies in his poetic revelations; his style is mellifluous & flav ...more
Natasha Borton
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
In Francis' collection there are lots of avenues. The imagery is often luxurious, at time's sufocatingly rich such as in Of Circumnavigation where the reader is traded between lands along with 'wool for spices, grey sea for blue, our brass for gold', to the point where the reader becomes almost travel blind with description.

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