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The Poetry of Birds: edited by Simon Armitage and Tim Dee

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Birds hold a special place in Kendall's poem, symbolizing freedom and the inherent connection between humans and the natural world. In 'Bell Birds,' the birds are a very important part of the piece and their melodic songs representing the harmonious relationship between nature and humanity.

The birds function as the poem's primary symbol, as they are both familiar yet different, present yet prone to metaphorical and literal flight.Leaving aside Baudelaire's "The Albatross", a Dafydd ap Gwilym poem and some Scots, Armitage and Dee have chosen not to venture beyond English, which is a pity. Australia and New Zealand too might have been more richly represented. Where birds, not poets, are concerned, I was sorry not to see a poem on the bittern, an elusive enough bird as it is without it going missing from anthologies too: Cathal Buí Mac Giolla Ghunna's "An Bonnán Buí" ("The Yellow Bittern") is a beautiful song available in English versions by Seamus Heaney and others, and would have suited this book perfectly. Irish poet Caitríona O'Reilly's name is unfortunately misspelled throughout. I stood there, and it was entertaining to my soul - my thirsty soul who had seen naught but the mirage of life instead of its sweetness. Nott, Charles Stanley (tr.) (1954), The Conference of The Birds: Mantiq Ut-Tair; a Philosophical Religious Poem in Prose (1sted.), London: The Janus Press , reissued by Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd, 1961.

Poems about birds are incredibly popular in the history of verse writing. They explore birds’ qualities and their symbolic power. Heilpern, John (1978)[1977]. Conference of the Birds. The Bobs Merrill Company, Inc. ISBN 0-672-52489-9 First full-length study of birds and their metamorphoses as treated in a wide range of medieval poetry, from the Anglo-Saxons to Chaucer and Gower. As an opening line for a nineteenth-century poem, ‘By what mistake were pigeons made so happy’ stands out for its directness, its sheer oddness, and its unusual choice of subject-matter (doves in poetry, why yes; pigeons? Um…). James Henry (1798-1876) was overlooked during his lifetime and it was only more than a century after his death that his work was discovered. ‘Pigeons’ offers something very different from Henry’s contemporaries, whether Keats or Tennyson or even Browning. Attar, Conference of the Birds, translated by Sholeh Wolpé, W. W. Norton & Co 2017, ISBN 0393292193Birds serve as the central figures of the poem. They each embody a different emotional state. Sparrows and robins are commonly found birds, making them relatable subjects. By elevating these everyday creatures to the level of poetic exploration, Blake underscores their significance. Birds are a very key image of this beautiful poem. Throughout, Clare mentions several species of birds, many of which he names using specific British terms that are likely to be unusual or unknown to readers from other countries. The birds feature as an important symbol in the poem, with different ones representing the different stages of human life. In ‘The Nightingale,’ Sir Philip Sidney describes a nightingale and her song. He makes the traditional allusion to Philomela, and tries to offer the bird some “gladness.” He spends the other lines alluding to the story at the heart of nightingale myth and speaking on mortality and immortality. Within the larger context of the story of the journey of the birds, Attar masterfully tells the reader many didactic short, sweet stories in captivating poetic style.

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