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.

See also the bestellar reviews, complete with rich quote-mosaics, of Adam Nicolson’s magnificent Why Homer Matters and Logue’s War Musica muscular rendition of several books of the Iliad. 

 

‘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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