In his poem "Moondaisies," Leslie Norris says of flowers that they are "more candid than any words"; and that they are "common as hope." Nature poetry can lead a writer to obsessive affiliations with flora or fauna or landscapes that frequently appear as denials of less comfortable, or more comfortable, realities (83). It is against a background such as the entrenchment of poetry in a previous tradition of thought about Nature that Leslie Norris's poem "Mountains Polecats Pheasants" has to be seen. It is elegiac, regretting the mortality of creatures and places before the encroachment of machines such as the motor car, which, in the poem, replace polecats as killers of pheasant (84).
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