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King Alfred’s Jewel

By David Hamilton

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David Hamilton brings together two poems and a dramatic monologue in King Alfred’s Jewel: Poetry of the Imagination and Imaginative Photography. This contemporary, original poetry is inspired by the stories behind outlaw legends, and also takes the reader on spiritual journies.
The Journey, remains almost as it was first written. In striving to keep his writing spontaneous, he chose not to over-develop the form of the writing.
King Alfred’s Jewel is the title poem and draws its inspiration from The Dark Night of the Soul by Roman Catholic mystic Saint John of the Cross. Using a journey to find the king’s jewel as a guiding theme, the poem is a metaphor for the depression many people feel today and mistakenly try to substitute with unhealthy pasttimes.
Wolfshead, is a dramatic monologue, which comes at the end of the book, is an imaginative tale of outlaw legends. A ‘wolfshead’ was a resort of outlaws who formed a community, and this particular story is set in Sherwood Forest with Robin Hood presiding. Using two chorus figures to link proceedings and set the scene, Wolfshead is a dramatic monologue in verse of a ghostly gathering who return to tell their legendary stories. There is also a section of colour photographs.




Author David Hamilton

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David Hamilton has worked in factories, journalism and sales. He has studied English literature, dramatic structure, film structure, playwriting and script writing and has published many essays on art and architecture. David has visited many unusual places as a result of talking to the locals of towns and cities about interesting places that might not be recommended by a Tourist Centre.

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