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Sonnetry

Toddy Hoare

In this eclectic mixture of sonnets, Toddy Hoare draws on his personal knowledge and experiences of life, Christianity, the arts and the beauty of nature. 

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ISBN : 978-1-78830-009-4
Published : 26/04/2018
Pages : 67
Size : 205x140mm
Imprint : Olympia Publishers


Toddy Hoare

Toddy Hoare trained as a sculptor and was freelance for three years until recession in the mid-1970s made such a living impossible, so he joined the 15/19th King's Royal Hussars to pay his debts, serving in Northern Ireland. Ordination followed via The Missions to Seamen in Holland and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. After a curacy in Guisborough, he was the curate-in-charge of the Hillside Parishes in North Yorkshire on the Moors near Thirsk for twenty-five years. All those miscellaneous experiences proved useful during that quarter century amongst twelve villages with eight churches, with sculpture playing a prominent role, illustrating scripture or as sermons in bronze. When his wife, Liz, got a post she could not refuse teaching spiritual formation at Wycliffe Hall Theological College, he retired to concentrate on sculpture once more and exhibit in London. He took up the pen to write poetry whose muse had been largely dormant since art school. He has four children, eight grandchildren, a Labrador, and as much enjoyment of Oxford as there had been of Yorkshire.

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About Book

We think of Wisdom as remembering the date,
While our forbears remembered to debate,
What the event meant.

In this eclectic mixture of sonnets, Toddy Hoare draws on his personal knowledge and experiences of life, Christianity, the arts and the beauty of nature. He takes us on a journey through Greek mythology to the Bible, from Yorkshire to Oxford to Marrakech, from nature to love and family. There are life experiences from dog walks to war, from art to architecture, from mindfulness to falling out. There are many moods and insights portrayed with something for every taste and mood.

Silhouette from low morning sun,
Elongated shadow like a Giacometti figure.

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