From: "Andy Robertson"
Subject: Re: (urth) CWilliams Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 09:12:43 -0000 ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" > Hartshorn wrote: > The horror! The horror! > > (See, he was right.) Sarky! > Ummmm.... While I agree that the Emperor of P'o-Lu > is a very powerful image, I'm not as certain as you of > several things here ... beginning with the idea that Williams' > poetry was "Catholic." OK, "Catholic" in the catholic sense then. > Second, I am not as certain as you that the headless Emperor of P'o-Lu is an > > image of the tribal leader deified. He is, I think, an image of >a demon deified; of the reality that lurks behind an idol. > His being headless is the Complex. The real-life Emperor represents a combination of tribal leader and religious leader elevated to godhood. Williams' headless Emperor is a demonic image of this. > > key here: he is an Authority with no authority, with, indeed, no mind at > all. > (I have occasionally wondered whether Williams was familiar with HPL's > Azathoth, but that's a separate matter...) His servants are not humans but > octopotowockles of some sort: details slip my mind. Giant octopedes. R'yleh cannot be far away, IA!!! CTHULHU FTHAGN!!! > > Third, I am not as certain that the word "Catholics" is the correct word to > use when you say "Catholics regard this with horror." I think that > Christians Humble apologies > > All that aside, I very much second the recommendation of Williams' Arthurian > > poems, which I have been reading, and occasionally understanding, for a > quarter of a century now. These poems were praised by both > CS Lewis and TS Eliot - and > when these two agreed on anything about poetry, it was a > momentous occasion. It is a pleasure to find someone of a like mind. (( Shall I post a few of the poems here? Or not? )) hartshorn --