Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Electric Polyolbion

Thanks to Matthew Stewart for pointing me to this feature from Saturday's Guardian - get down to near the bottom and Paul Farley talks about his new project, The Electric Polyolbion. It's always nice to see poor old Michael Drayton getting a bit of limelight (albeit about 400 years too late), so I'll be following this with interest.

I first came across Drayton years ago when reading about hill figures (of the Uffington White Horse type). I think, from what I remember, that in the Warwickshire section of Poly-olbion, he waxed lyrical about the now-vanished Red Horse of Tysoe, identifying himself with it, and Shakespeare with the better-known Uffington figure. I should really read it all sometime soon.

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