Walking Home

Walking Home

A Poet's Journey

Book - 2013
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The wandering poet has always been a feature of our cultural imagination. Odysseus journeys home, his famous flair for storytelling seducing friend and foe. The Romantic poets tramped all over the Lake District searching for inspiration. Now Simon Armitage, with equal parts enthusiasm and trepidation, as well as a wry humor all his own, has taken on Britain's version of our Appalachian Trail: the Pennine Way. Walking "the backbone of England" by day (accompanied by friends, family, strangers, dogs, the unpredictable English weather, and a backpack full of Mars Bars), each evening he gives a poetry reading in a different village in exchange for a bed. Armitage reflects on the inextricable link between freedom and fear as well as the poet's place in our bustling world. In Armitage's own words, "to embark on the walk is to surrender to its lore and submit to its logic, and to take up a challenge against the self."
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2013
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780871404169
Branch Call Number: 942.81 ARMITAGE
Characteristics: xii, 285 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm


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May 24, 2018

I had great memories of my mother-in-law Diane (aka Grandee) while reading this one. “... - and I don’t need a cup on the mantelpiece or a badge on my rucksack to put that success on display. This will be the triumph of personal accomplishment over public affirmation. I’m not about medals or trophies, or if I am, I need to rethink myself. Secondly, for as long as the walk remains unfinished I still have direction, and something to aim for, and somewhere to go.” - Simon Armitage

Jul 24, 2013

Rousing account of a hike down the backbone of Great Britain with a poetry reading at each stop. Great companion read to The Kingdom by the Sea-Paul Theroux.

A must for any Anglophile.

hgeng63 Apr 07, 2013

Kind of mild really, & shapeless.


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