A Hymn to the Sea

In Memorial, her unforgettable transformation of the Iliad, Alice Oswald breathed new life into myth. In Nobody, she returns to Homer, this time fixing her gaze on a minor character in the Odyssey--a poet abandoned on a stony island--and the sea that surrounds him. Several voices drift in and out of the poem; though there are no proper names, we recognize familiar characters and the presiding spirit of Proteus, the shape-shifting sea-god.

Reading Nobody is like watching the ocean; we slip our earthly moorings and follow the circling shoal of sea voices into a mesh of sound and light and water--fluid, abstract, and moving with the wash of waves.

one person has the character of dust
another has an arrow for a soul
but their stories all end
in the sea

Title Nobody
Subtitle A Hymn to the Sea
Author Alice Oswald
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Title First Published 21 July 2020
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 1324005602
ISBN-13 9781324005605
Publication Date 21 July 2020
Weight 32 oz.

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