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Lovecraft's Poems to Be Read
Posted by: Dale Nelson (IP Logged)
Date: 20 February, 2021 05:20PM
There are those who will read anything by HPL. I remember one of S. T. Joshi's biographies that puts "Fair Ermentrude" (?) on the rack for several pages of analysis. Thanks, but no thanks!

But what I wondered about was this: what are the poems that, from your own experience of HPL's work, you'd recommend as worth reading other than by Lovecraft completists?

I suppose that, at a place like ED, the 36 Fungi from Yuggoth sonnets, "Nemesis," and "The Ancient Track," may be assumed. Is there anything else?

(I got thinking about this as a tangent to my recent return to Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I've tended to assume[i] that one needn't bother with anything other than the priceless trio of [i]The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Christabel, and "Kubla Khan," and a few other poems -- "This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison," the Dejection Ode, "Frost at Midnight," "The Pains of Sleep," and "Phantom" ("All look and likeness"). But STC wrote hundreds of pages more, so is that assumption really likely to be true?)

Re: Lovecraft's Poems to Be Read
Posted by: Platypus (IP Logged)
Date: 21 February, 2021 09:14AM
Psychopompos: A Tale in Rhyme

Not only is this, IMHO, his most important poem, it should also be counted among his stories.

Re: Lovecraft's Poems to Be Read
Posted by: Platypus (IP Logged)
Date: 21 February, 2021 09:19AM
"Fair Ermengarde" is HPL's least successful attempt at humor. Joshi calls it "hilarious", but I guess humor is in the eye of the beholder. I find "A Reminiscence of Samuel Johnson" to be much funnier. "Old Bugs" is also a bit funny, but you have to get the joke - this being one case where Joshi's paperback variorum version is actually the better edition, as the use of Galpin's full name drives home the joke. Finally, there is "Ibid", which maybe ranks above "Sweet Ermengarde" but it failed to amuse me.

Re: Lovecraft's Poems to Be Read
Posted by: Knygatin (IP Logged)
Date: 21 February, 2021 09:51AM
"The Festival"
"The Outpost"

I like his seasonal and topographical poems best: "Old Christmas", "March", "April", "Spring", "A Rural Summer Eve", "Autumn", ... .

Re: Lovecraft's Poems to Be Read
Posted by: Dale Nelson (IP Logged)
Date: 21 February, 2021 02:51PM
Thank you, Platypus and Knygatin!



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