Friday, 4 July 2008


Scholars derive the word from the same root as woods, assuming this creature is a wood spirit ('The Woodwose [Anglo-Saxon: wuduwasa] or hairy wildman of the woods is a mythological figure that appears in the artwork of medieval Europe ....') But, fancifully, I enter into the wodwo's state of mind, of exclusion and abjection, and wonder whether the name doesn't incorporate a doubled sorrow: woe-and-woe.

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