Never trust a poet (with unknown angling credentials)

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Never trust a poet (with unknown angling credentials)

Post by Vole » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:08 am

With high hopes, buoyed by a half-remembered bit of verse about the North-East wind making pike lunge hungrily, I set out to a club pike match yesterday.
Two pike were caught.

The verse was googled this morning, and turned out to be this:

"Jovial wind of winter
Turn us out to play!
Sweep the golden reed-beds;
Crisp the lazy dyke;
Hunger into madness
Every plunging pike."

- From Charles Kingsley's "Ode to the North-East Wind".

Further googling reveals Kingsley to have been a kind, Christian, bigotted, Odinistic, racist bundle of contradictions... not the best source of advice, piscatorial or moral.

Maybe I should re-read Ted Hughes' "Pike" next time; or possibly not.
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Re: Never trust a poet (with unknown angling credentials)

Post by Stathamender » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:40 am

Vole wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:08 am
With high hopes, buoyed by a half-remembered bit of verse about the North-East wind making pike lunge hungrily, I set out to a club pike match yesterday.
Two pike were caught.

Maybe I should re-read Ted Hughes' "Pike" next time; or possibly not.
Or listen to him read it himself: https://www.poetryarchive.org/poem/pike.
Iain

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Re: Never trust a poet (with unknown angling credentials)

Post by Dave Burr » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:03 am

I think I once met 'Crisp' :tea:

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Re: Never trust a poet (with unknown angling credentials)

Post by Vole » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:28 am

:Hahaha: :Hahaha: :Hahaha:
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Re: Never trust a poet (with unknown angling credentials)

Post by Vole » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:38 am

Stathamender, many thanks for that link, it was grand! He really did manage to cature both pike and pool, didn't he?
Well worth several listens! :Thumb: :Hat:
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Re: Never trust a poet (with unknown angling credentials)

Post by Troydog » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:12 pm

Great stuff Vole, I enjoyed the poem, never mind the source!!
Trouble is, the fish just don't read the books......
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