And thirdly, I certainly do not assume that “…to express an attachment to the country need take the form of a bush ballad, that traditional verse is the only authentic mode of expression.” I simply expressed anger and dismay that such an apparently comprehensive anthology couldn’t find space for even one contemporary example of the genre. That’s what prompted the article. Would Sean, who took the time (which I also appreciate) to have a look at some examples from the ABPA website, seriously suggest that not even one poem from the anthology could have been dropped to make way for a traditional entry? I note his judgment that those he read “just don’t cut the mustard in terms of craft”, and would be interested to see him expand on this. Take “A Man Alone”, for example, the latest poem of mine to be posted. Exactly how does it fail to “cut the mustard in terms of craft”?
The next day, Julia surreptitiously hands Winston a note confessing her love for him. Winston and Julia begin an affair after Winston realizes she shares his loathing of the Party, first meeting in the country, and eventually in a rented room at the top of the antiques shop where Winston purchased the diary, which is owned by the seemingly kindly Mr. Charrington. They believe that the shop is safe, as the room has no telescreen. During his affair with Julia, Winston remembers the death of his family; during the civil war of the 1950's, Winston stole rationed chocolate from his malnourished infant sister and his mother, and would return home to discover that they had disappeared. He also recounts his terse relationship with his ex-wife Katharine, whom he was forced to have sex with and despised to such an extent that he considered pushing her off a cliff during a nature walk. Winston also interacts with his colleague Syme, who is writing a dictionary for a revised version of the English language called Newspeak . After Syme insightfully reveals that the true purpose of Newspeak is to reduce the capacity of human thought, Winston speculates that he will be vaporized. He is later proven correct when Syme disappears without a trace, and no one acknowledges his absence.