- Aug 12, 2004Wow, did it get quiet around here or is it just me? Warning: subjective
Williams' novels are OK. I found the concepts unique but the execution
mostly forgettable. The prose was often pretty bad, in my opinion, and I
admit it's been maybe 20 years since I've read any of them.
The poetry, on the other hand, was unique and well executed. Some of the
images didn't really work for me (the whole Earth-body thing) but most of
them did. It could be because I had recently read Malory when I first read
the Arthuriad, and I felt that much of Williams' imagery was similar to the
more intense Galahad moments in Malory. It's not, like, "pretty" poetry,
but it's still very, very special work.
I don't think I could have gotten through the poems without reading the
Lewis' essays alongside, but I don't feel that is a bad thing. I think it
was like being forced to do what perhaps one should often do with
literature anyway, be informed while working.
I have delayed this post partly because I have yet to dig out my
Arthuriads, and I was hoping to throw in a quote, and also review one or
two of the novels. But I haven't done that yet, and didn't want the topic
to slide completely.
Elizabeth Apgar Triano
amor vincit omnia
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