One of my pet hates, the split-time theme:
Moderns finding major significance
In obscure tales discovered by chance,
Or erupting into appropriate scenes
(c.f. Ackroyd’s ‘Hawksmoor’, Madge’s ‘W/E’,
Ditto B’s ‘Possession’, the film ‘Lieutenant’s Woman’,
‘The Hours’, ‘Birdsong’ & that Kate Mosse person),
Once I’m sure exciting, now quite mainstream,
Lacklust this new version of the tale ghostly,
For whilst it brings old sins into future
It blends to mush historical cultures
With the ‘Downton’ punch o’sensitivity.
Still, I applaud these hymns of Geoffrey,
Thinking more about Offa, less about he.