The Making of Poetry by Adam Nicolson was published by Harper Collins in June 2019. The Making of Poetry describes the intense and extraordinarily productive year from 1797 to 1798 that William Wordsworth, his sister and his brother-poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge spent together in the Quantock Hills in Somerset. It was the most famous year in English poetry. These poems, and the life experience of the poets who made them, were the well-springs of Romanticism in England, ushering in new understandings of the world, of nature and ourselves.
The troubled nature of our connections to each other and to the natural world have long been Hammick’s subjects. In the woodcuts which Tom created for this book he finds in moonlit walks on wooded hills and the dream visions of poets in reverie a visual vocabulary that reconnects us to that foundational moment of modern sensibility.