storm-cock

storm-cock

n
(Animals) another name for mistle thrush
[C18: so called because it was believed to give forewarning of bad weather]
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The tentative nature of Heaney's position is perhaps a counterpoint to the 'contrary storm-cock' he sees in the figure of Hugh MacDiarmid in 'An Invocation': he is a poet 'whose very extravagance transforms him [for Heaney] into a "weather-eye of poetry" [connected to] "the shifting force" of a poetry attuned to the procreant excess of creation' (p.