One of the inventive elements of Logue’s metaphors is the way he mixes up eras, blithely planting a country called Australia in an ancient Greek context. And the idea of wind plucking chickens adds another layer of originality.

‘It was so quiet in Heaven that you could hear

The north wind pluck a chicken in Australia.’

Source: Christopher Logue, War Music, London: Faber and Faber, 2001, p. 41

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