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Rowling's portrait of the desolateness of English rural life, despite its vivid prose and servings of humour, may make you pine for the magical world of the boy wizard
The play of contradictions that is life, the very desolateness that sometimes agitates his mind also leaves it suffused with conviction.
Another poem in this "North" sequence, "Northern Sea" (1984), depicts a vast, almost eschatological, panoramic scene of solitude, alienation, and desolateness.