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tallpaul commented on the word imbricate
found in the poem Asparagus by Robin Robertson (form Switherling
"...the dark tip --slubbed and imbricate
December 15, 2006
tallpaul commented on the word pennon
Found in the poem 'Sea-Fret' by Robert Robertson from his collection Swithering
pennons and bannerets
of the tide crests,
all this is visible now
in the haar-light'
December 6, 2006
tallpaul commented on the word haar
A dialect word from Scotland and the North of England
tallpaul commented on the word revetment
crash and recoil
at the base of the cliff,
slow and attritional
under the east salient,
scathing the stone revetment'
The poem describes a gun emplacement/fortification at Tynemouth Priory, so here the word carries echoes of both its meanings. Else where Robertson uses words echoing to tie the modern secular usage and the ancient religious usage of the site together. See Claustral
tallpaul commented on the word claustral
Found in the poem 'Sea-Fret' by Robert Robertson from his collection Swithering.
'Shell cannisters gleam
bluntly in the claustral light'.
tallpaul commented on the word maculate
'Rust, the penetrant,
turns iron maculate'
tallpaul commented on the word glair
Found in the poem 'The Glair' by Robert Robertson from his collection The Swithering
December 5, 2006
tallpaul commented on the word swithering
The name of a poetry collection by Robert Robertson
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