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A Kango hammer Pounds in the scantlings, like a straining heart. Drowning the drills' pneumatic stammer, Great buses stop and start. The poem ends darkly: Who shouts? A dog snaps. Fret not so For silence. It will come. ("Bad Day") Owen Barfield was experiencing the urban atrocities of noise (to which he was and is unusually sensitive) and congestion, technological intrusions on privacy and human relationships. The relentlessness of his "professional" life, along with other pres- Page 5 sures, led him to the verge of a nervous breakdowna breakdown averted, he tells us, by the catharsis of his charming autobiographical novel, This Ever Diverse Pair (1950).

Ghost-like, where they chattered gay, Your crest floating to her bright eyes, and A fork flickered about the jest. Girl in Tube Giggler at nothing, blonde suburban bubble, Office-escape, your wildwood fancy packed With movies, chromium, face-cream, rubber-trouble, Technology's first self-conscious artefact, Thoughtful peruser of the Daily Mirror How odd that you should stand, to chaps like me, For weather and openness, and gusty error Over the hillsthat you, my dear, should be All that is silent, all that's deep and rich And sleepy upon the cornfield and the down, Residual rus in urbe, God's last ditch, The touch of nature that redeems the town!

Now the day is ending, Only barn owls, only a pert woodpecker Laughs from the coverts, Laughs at this daft naturalist, his gaiters, Useless gun, plus fours... Disillusioned? hungry? Strange to me, most strange! as the shadow deepens, Energy waxes. O mad, O intractable mistress, English! Time-miraculously-annihilating, Undeserved, unpublished, aloof, astounding Comfort of writing! Emeritus (on not trying to publish verse) Not with contempt I cease to importune, I Abhorred the complacence of the coterie, Upheld the wide world's jurisdiction Humblyor half of me did: the salesman Page 35 Outfaced as best he might, with good humour, those Ubiquitous No hawkers or circulars!

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