The Unexplored Ocean by Catherine Fisher

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In this striking new collection Catherine Fisher mixes vivid and particular poems about the Welsh landscape such as "The Four Seasons" and "Field-walking", with historical monologues such as "Incident at Conwy" and scenes from myth like "Merlin on Ynys Enlli". With an archaeologist's care, she sifts her imagery from the past and examines it in minute, careful detail. The title sequence, based on the journals of James Hartshill, a traveller on the voyages of Captain James Cook in the south Pacific in the eighteenth century, is a triumph of her technique. The famous explorer's stubborn and heroic character and his adventures in the perilous frozen wastes or the Antarctic and among the natives 'sudden and dangerous as children' of the lush Pacific islands are marvellously portrayed.
 

About Catherine Fisher

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Catherine Fisher was born in Newport, Wales in 1957. She graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in English. She is a fantasy writer and poet. Her books include The Conjuror's Game, The Snow-Walker's Son, and Sapphique. She also writes the Book of the Crow series and the Relic Master series. She has won numerous awards including the WAC Young Writers' Prize for Immrama in 1989 and the Mythopoeic Society of America's Children's Fiction Award for Incarceron in 2007. She has worked in education and archaeology and as a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Glamorgan.
 
Published December 1, 1995 by Seren. 72 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Taking its inspiration from Welsh history and mythology, as well from the journals of a man who sailed with Captain James Cook, this second volume by a young Welsh poet and author of children's books conveys a reverence for the physical world.

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