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The Voice of the HeartThe Working of Mervyn Peake's Imagination$
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G. Peter Winnington

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310225

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314391

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Islands

Islands

Chapter:
(p.56) 3 Islands
Source:
The Voice of the Heart
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846310225.003.0004

This chapter explores the meaning of the island in Mervyn Peake's work. Islands, generally with a sole human inhabitant, are present in works such as Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor, Rhymes without Reason, and Letters from a Lost Uncle. Literal and metaphorical islands crop up constantly throughout Peake's prose and verse; the associated seascape figures in many of his drawings and illustrations. That every person is an island is a metaphor that Peake lived by, ‘something on which whatever he believed was founded and through which his every concept filtered’.

Keywords:   island, Sark, solitude, metaphor, seascape

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