Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Great Regulars: If we have ever known defeat,

we should come to know this beautifully sad and beautifully mysterious poem, for it speaks of both deep loss and deep hope.

The poem begins with a host of curious details that draw us into a strange and magical world. As if in long shot, we first see a "ship with shields before the sun." Our impression is one of pride, strength, and majesty. Then we zoom in to see "six maidens round the mast." Who or what they are, we have no idea.

from Christopher Nield: The Epoch Times: The Antidote--Classic Poetry for Modern Life: A Reading of 'Near Avalon' By William Morris


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