I loved the slowly growing momentum of this vast wave, though one has to hope it would never make landfall, but could gently dissipate its force and dimension in travelling across open ocean.

See also the bestellar review of this stupendously lean and powerful rendition of the Iliad.

 

‘There is a kind of ocean wave

Whose origin remains obscure.

Such waves are solitary, and appear

Just off the cliff-line of Antartica

Lifting the ocean’s face into the wind,

Moistening the wind that pulls, and pulls them on,

Until their height (as trees), their width

(As continents), pace that wind north for 7,000 miles.’

 

Source: Christopher Logue, War Music: An account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer’s Iliad, London: Faber and Faber, 2001, p. 70-71

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