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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.
Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.
Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.
November by Walter de la Mare
The Into the WARS Skype session today looked at The Handmaid's Tale, a TV series that is based on Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name written in 1985. Engrossing, haunting, vivid, meticulous
ly paced, 'brutal, visually stunning, and so suspenseful from moment to moment that only at the end of each hour will you feel fully at liberty to exhale.'
novel was inspired by the Iranian revolution and the US Christian right. The TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale has been called a warning to all women, to conservative women, and to young people who may be complacent about the liberal values they enjoy. It takes a relatively minor aspect of the novel – 'gender treachery' – and brings this to the fore. Her 1985 novel suddenly feels very topical indeed in the current an age of fractious debates about LGBT issues, hate crimes, honour killings and FGM. The Handmaid's Tale captures our age of fear.