Douglas Stewart’s poem, “Worsley Enchanted” uses a similar device. Stewart reverses the lens through which Heroic-Era narratives are usually told, relating the crushing of the “Endurance” through which the voice of nine Emperor penguins (Frank Worsley, captain of the ship, had actually observed a group of penguins standing by and making dirge-like cries):

Oh, there was broken wood

There were weeds of iron and rope

The log that was bigger than a tree

Crashed on the frozen sea

And the tall dark penguins stood

And stared at the ice without hope

Said the nine Emperor penguins”

(E.Leane, “Antarctica in Fiction – Imaginative Narratives of the Far South” 2012) 




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