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'Timothy' 'Winters' - URGENT!

Discussion in 'English' started by MrStephenSanderson, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. Hi folks,

    Can anyone help! I need to know this really urgently for a job interview tomorrow. I'm teaching a poetry lesson based around the poem, 'Timothy Winters' by Charles Causley. I'm confused by the line 'At Morning Prayers the Master helves'. The only definition I can find for 'helves' is to put a handle on a tool such as an axe. Does anyone know it to mean something different or can explain what they think the poet meant here?

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
  2. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    'prays' - archaic usage
    I don't think - I know.
  3. gruoch, where did you find this out? I'd been told this too but have no source which I can cite.
  4. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    PS: it might be worth mentioning that it has an undercurrent of intercession about it, so perhaps a little stronger than simply 'prays'.
    I don't think I've ever come across it anywhere else, so it may be Cornish or a Cornish dialect word.
  5. Ah, the Cornish connection makes sense.
  6. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    How did itgo?
  7. I happen to know he got the job.

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