By Graham Barwell

ISBN-10: 1780232144

ISBN-13: 9781780232140

"At size did move an Albatross, / in the course of the fog it got here; / as though it have been a Christian soul, / We hailed it in God's name." The creation of the albatross in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the traditional Mariner" continues to be essentially the most recognized references to this majestic seabird in Western tradition. In Albatross, Graham Barwell is going past Coleridge to check the position the poultry performs within the lives of a wide selection of peoples and societies, from the early perspectives of north Atlantic mariners to trendy encounters through writers, artists, and filmmakers.

Exploring how the chook has been celebrated in proverbs, folks tales, artwork, and ceremonies, Barwell indicates how humans surprise on the manner the albatross soars throughout the air, masking awe-inspiring distances with little attempt because of its outstanding wingspan. He surveys the numerous ways humans have taken to puzzling over the albatross during the last 2 hundred years—from those that dedicated their lives to those birds to those that hunted them for nutrients and sport—and discusses its position within the human mind's eye. Concluding with a mirrored image at the bird's altering importance within the glossy global, Barwell considers threats to its endured life and its clients for the long run. With 100 illustrations from nature, movie, and pop culture, Albatross is an soaking up examine those attractive birds.

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