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Posted By: GUEST,Blandiver
03-Aug-12 - 04:25 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Songs, poems etc about ploughmen/boys
Subject: RE: Folklore: Songs, poems etc about ploughmen/boys
George Ewart Evans' The Pattern Under the Plough might be worth looking out.

The cut worm forgives the plow (sic) is from Blake's Proverbs of Hell.

The 'anonymous Cornish poem' Jake Walton set as Follow the Plough on Times & Traditions for Dulcimer (1976) is actually St Eval by American poet Elizabeth J. Coatsworth. There is a thread about this. A very lovely poem at any rate & Jake's setting is truly sublime.

In 1930's Scotland (according to Broons / Oor Wullie-lore) a strapping polisman might be referred to as a guid plooman wasted.

John Barleycorn is an obvious one, but his re-imagining by celebrated Orkney poet George Mackay Brown makes sure the guid plooman is most certainly not wasted:

As I was ploughing in my field,
the hungriest furrow ever torn,
followed my plough and she did cry:
Have you seen my mate John Barleycorn?


The Painful Plough is something I've dabbled with from time time but it's never taken root.