One of the wondrous aspects of Homer are the extended metaphors, taking in four, eight, ten lines, building a whole scenario before your eyes, before likening it to the actual scene or events being described. Logue has taken this in his stride, and refreshingly uses a faraway place to create the noise of Hector’s heroes launching an attack. So the autumn coming to the Dnieper …
Think of the noise that fills the air
When autumn takes the Dnieper by the arm
And skein on skein of honking geese fly south
To give the stateless rains a miss.
So Hector’s moon-horned, shouting dukes
Burst from the tunnels, down the counterslope…
Source: Christopher Logue, War Music: An account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer’s Iliad, London: Faber and Faber, 2001, p. 89