I found the sound of the cicada in Greece very stark, very dramatic. Definitely suited to Greek drama and to parts of TWL.
"Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Sorry for sending two off topic (OT) posts so close together but I was
>planning on sending this one and I just couldn't pass on the Australian one.
>I've been doing a bit of research on the expected emergence of the
>seventeen-year locusts this summer (they are actually a type of cicada.)
>Although widespread in the east of the U.S. I've never heard them. I've
>found that although they are found in neighboring states Massachusetts seems
>to be off limits for them.
>Anyway, since Eliot mentions cicadas in TWL (though not necessarily one of
>the periodic cicadas) and non-Norte Americanos might not have heard of them
>I thought I would share some of the links I've come across.
>But first here is TSE in TWL:
> If there were water
> And no rock
> If there were rock
> And also water
> And water
> A spring
> A pool among the rock
> If there were the sound of water only
> Not the cicada
> And dry grass singing
> But sound of water over a rock
> Where the hermit-thrush sings in the pine trees
> Drip drop drip drop drop drop drop
> But there is no water
>The place to start is Wikipedia and a search for "Seventeen-year locust"
>will redirect you to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periodical_cicadas
>There you will learn that they have been classified into broods and the
>brood that is coming out this year is in Brood II and this page will show
>you where they will emerge: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brood_II
>Youtube has a 5 or 6 minute clip about them: Amazing Cicada life cycle - Sir
>David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth - BBC wildlife - BBC Worldwide:
>For playing mp3 audio only try this page (which seems to be an on-the-fly
>modification of the above Youtube page):
>And more info is on the Massachusetts Cicada website (ain't the web grand?):
> Rick Parker