By Robert Wrigley
A robust new assortment from an award-winning poet Robert Wrigley has develop into one in every of his generation's such a lot entire poets, popular for his irony, energy, and lucid kind and for his skill to fuse narrative and lyrical impulses. Like its namesake—Robert Burton's seventeenth-century exam of human strategies and emotions—Wrigley's new assortment potential to check our international in the course of the lens of melancholia. From imagined warfare memorials to insomniac chickens; from Descartes' misplaced daughter to a dreaming tree; from King Kong to hurry Limbaugh; and from Anna Karenina to a guy named Lucy Doolin (short for Lucifer), those are poems that elegize and have fun that the majority attractive, exasperating, joyous, depressing, and completely imperfect of all creatures—the human being.
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He also against the house of God was bold: A leper once he lost and gained a king, Ahaz his sottish conqueror, whom he drew God’s altar to disparage and displace For one of Syrian mode, whereon to burn His odious oﬀerings, and adore the gods Whom he had vanquished. After these appeared A crew who under names of old renown, Osiris, Isis, Orus and their train 450 460 470 book i aradise o With monstrous shapes and sorceries abused Fanatic Egypt and her priests, to seek Their wandering gods disguised in brutish forms Rather than human.
Witness the streets of Sodom, and that night In Gibeah, when the hospitable door Exposed a matron to avoid worse rape. These were the prime in order and in might; The rest were long to tell, though far renowned, The Ionian gods, of Javan’s issue held Gods, yet confessed later than Heaven and Earth Their boasted parents; Titan Heaven’s ﬁrst born With his enormous brood, and birthright seized By younger Saturn, he from mightier Jove His own and Rhea’s son like measure found; So Jove usurping reigned: these ﬁrst in Crete 31 480 490 500 510 32 aradise o book i And Ida known, thence on the snowy top Of cold Olympus ruled the middle air Their highest heaven; or on the Delphian cliﬀ, Or in Dodona, and through all the bounds Of Doric land; or who with Saturn old Fled over Adria to the Hesperian ﬁelds, And o’er the Celtic roamed the utmost isles.
There is a place (If ancient and prophetic fame in heaven Err not), another world, the happy seat Of some new race called Man, about this time To be created like to us, though less In power and excellence, but favoured more Of him who rules above; so was his will Pronounced among the gods, and by an oath, That shook heaven’s whole circumference, conﬁrmed. Thither let us bend all our thoughts, to learn What creatures there inhabit, of what mould, Or substance, how endued, and what their power, And where their weakness, how attempted best, By force or subtlety: though heaven be shut, And heaven’s high arbitrator sit secure In his own strength, this place may lie exposed The utmost border of his kingdom, left To their defence who hold it: here perhaps Some advantageous act may be achieved By sudden onset, either with hellﬁre To waste his whole creation, or possess All as our own, and drive as we were driven, The puny habitants, or if not drive, Seduce them to our party, that their God May prove their foe, and with repenting hand Abolish his own works.
Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Wrigley