Under the Wave
John Torrance (1933-1921) was a poet, political historian and former Vice-Principal of Hertford College, Oxford.
His books include a poetry collection, Waterwheel (Oversteps Books, 2013) and the critical study Karl Marx’s Theory of Ideas (Cambridge University Press, 1995).
Just as Thomas Hardy could make a poem out of ordinary events, John punctuated his day, his life, with poems that are like diary entries, but which always seek the seam of gold. John had a fine ear for rhythm and rhyme … he could use them to write of heartfelt pain and also the surprise of joy.