A meadowsweetness of high summer days:
Clovering bees, time-honeyed bells, the lark’s top C.
Hills where each sound, like larksong, passes into light,
And light is music all but seen.
Ever since Will Langland dreamed his dream by a stream in the hills ‘in a somer seson, whan softe was the sonne’, poets and painters have found inspiration in the Malverns. This new anthology (edited by Jonathan Lumby) includes poems by William Wordsworth, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Radclyffe Hall, John Masefield, A.E. Housman, Robert Frost, Edward Thomas, W.H. Auden and many others, evocatively illustrated by depictions of the Malverns by J.M.W. Turner, H.H. Lines, Paul Nash, Dame Laura Knight and Gilly Hancock.
A ripple of land; such little hills, the sky
Can stoop to tenderly and the wheatfields climb …
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
What is it about these modest hills of the borderlands that prompts such a richness of lyrical and dramatic responses? Perhaps the poems and paintings themselves give the best kind of answer to that question – and may inspire us to walk the hills ourselves, in search of whatever it is.
Paperback | 96 pages | 148 x 210 mm | 2014
26 colour paintings