A Sweet, Wild Note: What We Hear When the Birds Sing
Available from 13 April 2017. Birdsong is woven into our culture, our emotions, our landscape. It is the soundtrack to our world, shaping experiences of place and belonging. We have tried to capture this fleeting, ephemeral beauty, and the feelings it inspires, for millennia.
In this rich and insightful account, Richard Smyth asks what it is about birdsong that we so love, exploring the myriad ways in which it has influenced literature, music and science, our feelings about the natural world, and our very ideas of what it means to be British. Does the song-thrush mean to sing 'a full-hearted evensong/Of joy illimited', as he does in Hardy's poem 'The Darkling Thrush'? Examining his own conflicted love of birdsong, Smyth's nuanced investigation shows that what we hear says as much about us, our dreams and desires, as it does about the birds and their songs.
At a time when our birdsong is growing quieter, with fewer voices, more thinly spread, this beautiful book is a celebration of the complex relationships between birds, people and landscape; it is also a passionate call to arms and an invitation to act lest our trees and hedgerows fall silent. 208 pages.
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