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In the poems selected Hang-gliders in January Horticultural show and Soothing and awful Fanthorpe does not perhaps always approach the familiar from an unusual angle but spots the pathos of the commonplace where we had not previously looked for it She has an extraordinary quality of taking something seemingly trivial and developing thoughts and ideas about it that others may have previously considered but dismissed without developing The title of the first poem to be considered is hang-gliders in January which sounds very matter-of-fact and average somehow and by being so can cause the reader to perhaps arrive unjustly at a rushed conclusion about the nature and content of the poem to follow Nothing is done accidentally by a poet particularly one of Fanthorpes quality and thus there is evidently a reason for her giving the poem such a title It does give the poem an inexplicable sense of intrigue in that it seems improbable that with such a subject a poem could have a meaningful impact which means when and indeed if it does it is all the more effective The actual theme of the poem is not actually simply hang-gliders although this is the descriptive subject but something deeper than this we all take the world around us for granted but sometimes we are hit with an overwhelming wonder at something considered simple in a day to day context In this poem Fanthorpe attempts to come at the essence of one such experience so personally and exquisitely expressed that it is plausible to assume it to be her own Her emphasis is on the miraculous in the simple which can be seen through the repetition of these and associated words In the first three lines miracle appears twice and once in its adjective form Like all miracles it has a rational Explanation and like all miracles insists on being miraculous This repetition in such a short few lines
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