Sometimes called “the oddest inkling,” mentor and friend of CS Lewis. I discovered this introduction to his poetic work, “Taliessen Through Logres.”
“Read Taliessin through Logres straight through from beginning to end, as Charles Williams designed it. Lewis, surprisingly, missed the poetry, narrative, logical, and spiritual structure of this book in his commentary in Arthurian Torso. He was looking for purely chronological plot elements, thinking to simplify the reading for a newcomer, but I think his suggested reading order ruins the poems. Just take them as they were designed.
“And then, read just for the sounds and the images. Revel in the phonoaesthetics and the lavish visual descriptions. That is the really first thing to realize about Taliessin through Logres; it is beautiful. The poems are rich with musical appeal and dancing with gorgeous imagery.”
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