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Country Sentiment   By: (1895-1985)

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Country Sentiment by Robert Graves is a captivating and poignant literary work that takes readers on a journey through the depths of human experience in the rural English countryside. Through his poetic prose and vivid imagery, Graves masterfully explores themes of love, loss, and the ever-changing nature of existence.

One of the standout aspects of this book is Graves' ability to evoke a deep sense of nostalgia and longing. Whether describing the rolling hills, the changing seasons, or the bonds forged between people and the land they inhabit, the author effortlessly transports readers to a bygone era. His lyrical descriptions are a testament to his skill as a wordsmith, painting a vivid picture that lingers in the reader's mind long after the book is finished.

The characters in Country Sentiment are beautifully rendered, each possessing a unique voice and perspective. From the introspective farmer grappling with his own mortality to the spirited village girl yearning for adventure, Graves crafts a diverse cast of personalities that reflect the multifaceted nature of rural life. Their stories intertwine seamlessly, weaving together a rich tapestry of human emotion and the complexities of relationships.

Moreover, the book not only explores the lives of individuals but also delves into the collective identity of a community. As political and social changes disrupt the once serene countryside, Graves offers a profound examination of how external forces can shape and challenge established norms. The clash between tradition and progress provides a thought-provoking backdrop against which the characters must navigate their own desires and aspirations.

In addition to its exploration of rural life, Country Sentiment also delves into the intricacies of human love and all its manifestations. Whether it is the passionate yearning between two individuals or the unconditional love shared within a family, Graves delves deeply into the emotional nuances of relationships. His nuanced portrayal of love is both tender and introspective, allowing readers to empathize with the characters and their personal journeys.

While Country Sentiment may not have the same level of widespread recognition as some of Graves' more famous works, such as his World War I memoir "Goodbye to All That," it stands as a testament to his versatility as a writer. This book showcases his ability to craft a narrative that resonates with readers on multiple levels, transcending the boundaries of time and place.

In conclusion, Country Sentiment is a stunning work of literary artistry that immerses readers in a world of timeless beauty and profound introspection. Through his evocative prose, Graves explores the intricacies of rural life, human relationships, and the ebb and flow of existence. This book is a must-read for lovers of literature seeking a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant experience.

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by Robert Graves

To Nancy Nicholson

Note: Some of the poems included in this volume have appeared in "The New Statesman", "The Owl", "Reveille", "Land and Water", "Poetry", and other papers, English and American.

Robert Graves.


North Wales.


A Frosty Night Song for Two Children Dicky The Three Drinkers The Boy out of Church After the Play One Hard Look True Johnny The Voice of Beauty Drowned The God Called Poetry Rocky Acres Advice to Lovers Nebuchadnezzar's Fall Give us Rain Allie Loving Henry Brittle Bones Apples and Water Manticor in Arabia Outlaws Baloo Loo for Jenny Hawk and Buckle The "Alice Jean" The Cupboard The Beacon Pot and Kettle Ghost Raddled Neglectful Edward The Well dressed Children Thunder at Night To E.M. A Ballad of Nursery Rhyme Jane Vain and Careless Nine o'Clock The Picture Book The Promised Lullaby


Haunted Retrospect: The Jests of the Clock Here They Lie Tom Taylor Country at War Sospan Fach The Leveller Hate not, Fear not A Rhyme of Friends A First Review

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