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Poems of Conformity [Paperback]

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Charles Williams was one of the finest-not to mention one of the most unusual-theologians of the twentieth century. His mysticism is palpable-the unseen world interpenetrates ours at every point, and spiritual exchange occurs all the time, unseen and largely unlooked for. His novels are legend, his poetry profound, and as a member of the Inklings, he contributed to the mythopoetic revival in contemporary culture.

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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   Apocryphile Press
ISBN  1933993332  
ISBN13  9781933993331  

Availability  147 units.
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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! CHARLES WILLIAMS (Lord Williams of Elvel) is Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the British House of Lords. Before embarking on his political career, he spent four years in Paris from 1966 to 1970, the last period of de Gaulle's government.

Charles Williams was born in 1886 and died in 1945.

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Before he was great  Sep 14, 2007
Definitely not "Taliessin", this book is chiefly of interest as a window into William's style before he fully developed the unique structure that makes his mature poetry so great. I rated the volume 3 stars, to contrast it to what was to come after. If it had been the first and only work by Charles Williams I had ever read, I might have been tempted to rate it higher, but as it is, it pales in comparison to "Taliessin through Logres" or "The Region of the Summer Stars", or even "The Advent of Galahad". This is definitely the work of a poet still learning the art. My reaction to it was similar to listening to "Das Klagende Lied" by Mahler - a fascinating glimpse of an artist in the making, but not yet there.

That said, there is still much to enjoy in this book. "Twelve Sonnets" is radiant with pure beauty for its own sake. Someone should set them to music. "The Epiphany" and "The Wars" stand on their own as worthy, thought-provoking reads. In general, the second half of the volume is far better than the first (Perhaps the poems are arranged in chronological order?). But in my own opinion, by far the prize of the lot is a very strange piece near the front called "At Dawn" - an account of the rejoicing in Hell after a decisive victory over Heaven, with New Jerusalem in flames, Michael the Archangel defeated, and God Himself fled into exile. Masterfully constructed, it does what only the very best poetry can do, which is to bring fresh life to stale old truths, and to force us to see the familiar from new perspectives. "Poems of Conformity" is worth reading on the strength of this work alone.

Recommended to Williams fanatics everywhere, and to completists.

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