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Taliessin through Logres and The Region of the Summer Stars are two collections of poems written by Charles Williams and based on the Arthurian legend They are written from the perspective of Taliessin, the court poet of Camelot, and chronicle the history of the fabled kingdom Being written from his perspective, they do not focus on the battles, jousts, and quests of the round table, but on the inner spiritual life of Camelot and those who live in and through it The poems that make up these two cycles are some of the most beautiful and definitely the most complex I have ever read Williams' mastery of the subject matter is unquestioned It is clear that he lived and breathed Arthurian legend; not just Malory, but Chretien, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Eschenbach andBut Williams does not merely reproduce the story for the umpteenhundredth time He turns the magnifying lens of his poetic genius on the individuals who populate the legends, exploring their characters in minute detail, and giving loving attention to specific moments in their lives The moments are not the famous ones we have all heard of and seen in movies Instead, they are moments which capture the essence of the characters, in which we see all that was best and worst in them almost simultaneously In doing so, he is able to follow the arc of the story of Logres and Camelot, even though the poems do not create a linear storyline or include famous, well remembered scenes Now for the bad news Earlier, I stated that these poems are the most complex I have ever read That is no overstatement Williams seems to assume that the reader of these poems shares his encyclopedic knowledge of the subject matter His focus on obscure characters and moments in their lives and the lack of a linear storyline add to the complexity of the poetry Further, most of his symbolism is nearly opaque Thank God for C S Lewis Without his extensive commentary that accompanies the poem, trying to fathom Williams' meaning would be like trying to watch a play through alabaster lenses They are beautiful and translucent, but it is impossible to truly see what is on the other side At times even Lewis himself must claim that Williams' meaning is beyond him If it was not clear to him, what hope do we have! Yet Lewis is able to lead the reader through the complexity of most, if not all the poems, and make sense of what would otherwise have remained incomprehensible Even with his help, it took me several attempts to get through all of them All in all, reading Taliessin through Logres, The Region of the Summer Stars, and Arthurian Torso was a rewarding experience It increased my understanding of the Arthurian legend and what it means to the life of Britain I am sure I will return to it someday Perhaps after I have read a bitChretien myself ;)Now for apersonal note: It's kind of strange, but there is so much that is noble and good about Arthur, Logres, Guinevere, Lancelot, and the other knights and ladies that when I read any of the tellings of their stories I cannot help but hope that it will end differently, that the promise that was Logres will finally be realized, that Arthur will win the final victory over Modred and his traitorous army, and that he and Guinevere will bring forth an heir to continue the glory that was theirs at their best This hope is so strong that it is sometimes hard to read the story yet again, knowing that they will fail I love them, and it hurts me when they are hurt and when they die Yet I keep coming back It is better that they tried and failed, and will forever do so, than to live life without exploring with them the heights they reached before the fall It is, of course, an imperfect reflection of the original promise in Eden, and the subsequent fall of our first parents, that is seen in the legends of Arthur and his round table It is good to remember what we lost in that fall It sharpens the hope that Arthur will one day return, which is really the hope that Christ will return and set all things to rights And that is one hope that is certain to find its consummation. Heartbreaking, because I'm finding it basically unreadable, and the experience makes me feel stupid Remember when you were little, and some books were just to hard for you? And as you got older, they became easier to read? I'm 54, so I can't use that as an excuse any I really wanted to love this, but I tried in my 20s, I tried, in my 30s, and I gave it one last go.I like poetryespecially the Alligator Pie kindbut this sort of weird modernist poetry, regardless of subject, just isn't something I understand/enjoy/want.Oh well,time for Dorothy Sayers or Diana Wynne Jones. This, for me at least, is difficult poetry Without the accompanying explication penned by C S Lewis I would have been pretty lost Having said that, I think these volumes of poetry are amazing, and may be the greatest poetic version of the Matter of Britain from the 20th century (I'd argue that Clemence Housman's The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis is the greatest prose version of that century) Williams, ironically best known as the least famous of the big three of the Inklings (the other two being J R R Tolkien and C S Lewis), iswellknown for his 'theological thrillers' and life as a somewhat strange Christian guru, but I think his most important literary work was done in these poems Following the rise and fall of Arthur's kingdom, as penned by the bard Taliessin, we see Williams commenting not only on the mythical king's realm, but on issues as wide ranging as politics, economics, morality and, of course, theology.I am nowwhere near expert enough to go into any great detail here, especially since it's been several years since I last read these poems, but I would strongly urge anyone with an interest in either the Arthurian myths or the body of work of the Inklings to give this volume a try It has the potential to be a real eyeopener. I'm never sure how to rate this kind of modernist poetry, especially as written by the highly esoteric Charles Williams He seems a bit above my likes and dislikes, to quote Master Gamgee That being said, I did enjoy letting the sounds wash over my ear and picking out little moments or allusions to Arthurian romance that I recognized Sorina's introduction was helpful in explaining how to go about explicating the poem, even if I don't have it in me to reread several times right at the moment But I look forward to coming back to these poems later to try to discover the other 95% of the iceberg. 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Williams is always an interesting writer He was a friend of, and great influence on, Tolkien and C.S Lewis I remember much enjoying his The Greater Trumps; though that was long ago and my tastes may have changed.This book, Taliessin etc, i recently acquired i was always curious about it through it's reputation among his peers Taliessin through Logres and region of the Summer Stars ar part of a long fictional narrative poem centered around Wiliams, created world of King Arthur I find it a bit impenetrable but the flow of words is beautiful ofinterest to me is his essay, The Arthurian Torso, which is his take on the history of Arthur and the related Arthurian stories and their intertwinement of myth, religion and actual history. The poetry is very dense and I don't think I understand it very well I've only been through once, and that rather quickly but I like fragments of it a great deal.Williams' introduction to Arthurian legend, for someone like me who only knows fragments, was helpful both due to the review and because of the introduction to his own ideas about the material; C.S Lewis's commentary clears up a lot of passages that were opaque to me on first readthrough, and his conclusion gives me a great deal to look forward to on rereads. I'm sorry to say that I couldn't finish this Because of my admiration for the poetry of blogger Jonathan Lovelace, who recommended this book, and my liking for Williams's novels, I set out to read it Except for Williams's history of Arthurian things, this book was too much for my poor brain :0)Jonathan Lovelace's blog, where you'll find Arthurian poetry of his own, his poetry on Christian themes, and : This one is not story like the others I have listed Williams is complicated for me and has a lot of depth His thinking feels to me fresh and original as well as insightful.