All our disease Of longing, all hopes we fabled of, Fortunate islands or Hesperian seas Or woods beyond the West, were but the breeze That blew from off those shores: one far, spent breath That reached even to the world of change and death. A young man murders his lecturer, escapes a totalitarian state, undertakes an odyssey through a chimeric land, makes love to an apparition, then must rise to face a monster born of the union. This narrative poem, composed in the style of Homer, Milton and Spenser, was one of the first things Lewis ever wrote and the second of his works to be published. Lord willing, I plan to attend a conference on Lewis in November.
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Dymer First edition Dymer is a narrative poem by C. Lewis published by J. Lewis worked on this poem, his most important poem, as early as , when still only 17 years old, and completed it in From the opening, Dymer grows to the age of nineteen under the control of the state, until, under the influence of Spring and the sight of a songbird, he rises in his lecture-hall and murders the aged lecturer before his class, then leaves the stunned civilians behind as he wanders outside of The City.
Dymer casts off his clothing along with civilization, wandering in the forests until he comes upon an empty mansion with food prepared.
After dressing himself again with finer clothing, and feasting alone at a banquet table, Dymer sleeps with an unseen female figure who comes to him in the darkness of the mansion. Upon awakening Dymer steps outside of the palace, and wanders blissfully in the woods. Returning to the palace in search of his lover, he finds every entry barred by a hideous old she-monster. What happens at this point is uncertain, only that Dymer emerges wounded from the palace and limps into the woodlands. It begins to rain that night in the woods, and Dymer encounters yet another person he cannot see in the dark, this time a wounded man.
Dymer encounters another individual in the wilderness, a man who uses a liquid to put himself into an extended dreaming state. Convincing Dymer that the answer to his anguish is in the dreaming world, Dymer swallows a cup of the liquid. In his hallucination, Dymer encounters his once-lover from the mansion, but realizes she is monstrous. Instead of accepting this as the truth, he flees the scene as demons rise to assault him.
Upon awakening, Dymer is threatened by the dreaming man, and sets off into the wilderness again. Dymer later arrives at a cemetery where he encounters an angelic guardian, who tells Dymer of a horrible monster lurking about, who was conceived by a union between a divine being and a mortal. Realizing that the beast is his own offspring, Dymer states he must face his own son in battle.
Bibliography Hodgens, Richard. Lewis Society. King, Don W. Pages — Lewis, C. Preface to the edition of Narrative Poems. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Murphy, Patrick. Sayer, George. Slack, Michael. Walsh, Chad. The Literary Legacy of C.
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