A magnificent image of a proud and then crashing wave, thundering up a shaken coast, and used to signify the answering cheer of troops.
‘And why, I cannot say, but as he sat
Our answering cheer was like the wave foreseen,
When, crest held high, it folds
And down cloud thunders up the shaken coast.’
Source: Christopher Logue, War Music: An account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer’s Iliad, London: Faber and Faber, 2001, p. 77