Trying to imagine a ‘head-clearing voice’ – is it a singing, shouting or speaking voice?   Or is it just in a resonant timbre?  And then the ‘big-voiced scullions’, coined by Heaney in memory of big-voiced people he knew called Scullion.  They somehow sound big-hearted too.

Source:  Seamus Heaney, Beowulf (London: Faber & Faber, 2000), p. xxvi & 17

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