Storyteller: On the Journey of Poetry, David Hamilton

Poetry & Essay

Storyteller is the third collection of stories written in verse by David Hamilton. Each story is told by a historical figure to convey allegory, symbolism and metaphor, with the author as the overarching narrator. The book takes readers on a journey through imaginative worlds where the reader witnesses experiences and meets people they would meet in their own lives. 

“Listeners live this as a communal story, a shared history that makes us part of it. Isolation is filled in, emotions link the community. Would our communal lives Make an interesting play?”

David’s unique collection aligns contemporary content with traditional poetic forms, linking the two together to provide a social commentary on the modern world. Such technique can be witness in ‘The Lotus Eaters’, a story that first appeared in Homer’s Odyssey. Circe’s transformation of men into swine is here presented as escapism through drugs. David has also updated other traditional stories such as Reynard the Fox to tell the story from the fox’s point of view, and Chaucer’s The Hall of Fame. The collection concludes with a sequence of seven Pastorals, featuring myths and deities from classical times telling practical stories of husbandry. 

David’s latest collection of poetry is wordly and not academic, and presents readers with a unique combination of traditional forms and contemporary content. The book will appeal to fans of poetry, as well as readers that have enjoyed David’s previous works, King Alfred’s Jewel (Matador, 2014) and Concept Poems (Matador, 2016). David has contributed essays to the New English Review and Storyteller is advertised in the Literary Review.

Storyteller: On the Journey of Poetry is a book that I was desperate to read ever since discovering it. As you readers know I love any book or story that is unconventional, unique and bold; that is why when I discovered Storyteller I was thrilled because the author himself in the description writes that his book is ‘a unique combination of traditional forms and contemporary content.’ When I read this, I immediately knew that I had to read the book and when I read the preview I knew it would be a story I would love. Now that I have finished the book I can happily write that I did love it! And that all of you lovely readers should have a read of it.

Storyteller is an extraordinary, compelling and entertaining poetry book that will take readers on an unforgettable journey through ‘imaginative worlds.’ From start to finish the reader will be taken through a collection of stories in poetic form written by the talented author David Hamilton and when they are they won’t be able to resist feeling amazed as well as bewitched by Hamilton’s literature. I do not want to spoil the stories in the book, however, they are the perfect blend of tradition and contemporary. For example, in the description above Hamilton references Homer’s poem The Lotus Eaters and when I read that I was not sure what I would find in the novel but what I did find was one of Hamilton’s stories called The Lotus Eaters: A Dramatic Monologue and when I did I was incredibly excited. For those of you that do not know, I studied the classics and mythology, as well as classical literature, so the classics are my passion so to read a story written by Hamilton that puts a slight twist on a much-beloved poem was incredible. There are three core stories throughout Storyteller, however, The Lotus Eaters: A Dramatic Monologue is by far my favorite and a story I will read every chance I can get.

The collection of stories in Storyteller are excellent and beautifully written from start to finish thanks to the intelligent choice of words as well as the profoundness of them. Stories and poems are written to evoke feelings in a reader and in Storyteller Hamilton certainly accomplished this because throughout each story I felt a host of emotions and it compelled me to keep on reading. Each story in Storyteller will flawlessly ignite a feeling in a reader, I do not want to spoil what emotions you would feel because then it would spoil the stories but let me just say that you will feel a host of them!

David Hamilton is an exceptional writer who knows how to move his readers and take his readers on a flawless journey. Hamilton would captivate me so much with his literature that I would find myself re-reading some passages or the whole story again! That shows us readers that Hamilton is a talented author who clearly knows how to entertain, compel and excite his readers from start to finish.

Overall Storyteller is a book that is written by a phenomenal writer who from beginning to end managed to captivate and entertain me thanks to the incredible stories I was taken on and so, I have no choice but to award this stellar book five stars! Please do have a read of the preview below book lovers and also keep an eye out for my spotlight for author David Hamilton which will be live next week!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on Storyteller: On the Journey of Poetry. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for Amazon U.K..

Below I have attached some links about the author and this wonderful book so if you would like to learn more about the author and the book then please have a browse. Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to read your thoughts on this book!

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David Hamilton: Website 

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