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The Arthuriad Volume Two
Well, I have my happy last exam of the semester tomorrow, which gives a perfect opportunity to pop into the library and have a look. Short of dividing myself any further, I might borrow 'War in Heaven' to have an introduction to a new acquaintance And maybe begin to dip into the poetry after that, listening as well as I can, while also reading on in your path around back to it. Whither then, I cannot say :. I think the novels I'm reading mustn't be very much like the versions promised- or else your CW's poetry is golden in the extreme!
I read 'War in Heaven', and liked it. Now I've read the first five-and-something chapters of 'The Place of the Lion', and I can't believe this book was actually written! On first reading it's really delightful. The over-the-top thrill might be part of my newness well, directly Thanks immeasurably already for the introduction. Much enjoyed :. I am embarking on a journey studying these poems as part of a summer research grant and I would love to hear your thoughts and musings on them.
Do you have a favorite? Annelise, War in Heaven was also my first Williams novel and being a lifelong fan of the prophetic books of William Blake, the glorious celebration of the mass scene at the end of the book set into motion what has been an ongoing addiction to Williams' novels, criticism, and theology.
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Descent into Hell is without a doubt the one most frequently called his finest achievement, and on a literary standpoint I would tend to agree, although Place of the Lion is my favorite. Its also the book that inspired Lewis to write Williams a "fan letter" which began their lifelong friendship.
On a side note, I feel obligated to share this generous site with any lover of Williams. It contains his daily devotional "The New Christian Year" completely reprinted online in blog format.
Garrett or is it Gareth?? I think "Taliessin's Song of the Unicorn" must be my favorite. And yours? I would love to 'talk' with you more about your studies, your grant, etc. Would you like to email me? Post a Comment. Pages Home About. I had begun reading them in while researching for and writing my entry on Williams for the Encyclopedia of Christian Literature.
You can reference my series of posts on that topic here.
The Encyclopedia , by the way, is now available. But I digress.
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They are not like a novel, nor even like an academic work of nonfiction. I typed them up as I went along, read C. It becomes vital, pulsing, essential, visceral. It is no longer an historical tale, nor a musical experience. The woods of Broceliande, that liminal place of making, is now the locus of my poetic generation: that foggy place in the middle of the mind where poems are conceived. It is how I felt last week when I found someone I loved dearly had been lying to me and was living a life of horror underneath a smooth moral veneer.
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I howled in the forests of Nimue, wild without understanding. I still think that these are among the greatest poems ever written. But I am a bit more doubtful about their vision. First, because they are unfinished—that is, Williams published two books of Arthurian verse in his lifetime, but did not live to complete the entire cycle that he envisioned. So the cycle is incomplete, and therefore the mythology is, too.
This is all the more disturbing because he set himself up to be admired: he occupied the position of a religious master whom disciples were to imitate and emulate. All the while he had a double life—not exactly secret, but covered and rephrased in a language of sanctity to disguise its inherent lack of health and of godliness. But as one scholar friend reminded me: This keeps me from idol-worship.
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