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Week 8


Alice Oswald's draft map of her poem, from The Poetry Society (1999)

The proper dwelling plight lies in this, that mortals ever search anew for the essence of dwelling, that they must ever learn to dwell. What if man's homelessness consisted in this, that man still does not think of the proper plight of dwelling as the plight? Yet as soon as man gives thought to his homelessness, it is a misery no longer. Rightly considered and kept well in mind, it is the sole summons that calls mortals into their dwelling.

  • On Dartmoor's folklore, see Legendary Dartmoor
  • Oswald's essay 'Wild Things' on Ted Hughes
  • 'Songline': "aboriginal word to refer to a continuum of experience that threads together place and community and is handed on through the generations as the deep truth about both" - John Lucas, PN Review, 177, 34.1 (2007)