From the opening line of Ted Hughes superb ‘Warriors of the North’, presaging an icy and violent arrival, ‘bringing their envy’.  You can see their salt-crusted hair and frozen pale eyes, impervious to pity. 

Bringing their frozen swords, their salt-bleached eyes, their salt-bleached hair,

The snow’s stupefied anvils in rows,

Bringing their envy. 

Enjoy Hughes’ own recital here, and Seamus Heaney’s resonant analysis in his Finders Keepers prose anthology. 

Source: Seamus Heaney, Finders Keepers: Selected prose 1971-2001 (London: Faber and Faber, 2003), p. 82


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