Death Poems (Expanded Edition) by Thomas Ligotti

By Thomas Ligotti

We're proud to announce the up to date model of demise Poems by way of Thomas Ligotti, with a complete new component to poetry titled "Closing Statements". hide artwork and inner illustrations by way of the fantastic Richard A. Kirk. lengthy out of print, dying Poems used to be initially produced in a truly small variation via Durtro in 2004. This hugely prized assortment has been nearly unobtainable formerly.

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6) Some kept saying she was a goddess, either Artemis or the native Isis, others, that she was a priestess driven mad by some god, and who had worked the massive slaughter that they saw. And these were their opinions, but the truth they did not yet know. Upon their arrival, the second band is reduced to similar ef­ forts at reasoning: "τούς μεν γαρ πολλούς φόνους ύπό τών προ­ τέρων γεγενήσθαι ληστών εΐκαζον" (ΐ·3·6,· "they conjectured that the many corpses were caused by the former bandits").

Most likely fictitious and perhaps in­ spired by the well-known allegory of Heracles at the Cross­ roads (cf. 21), the dream, which Lucian claims he saw as a child, showed to him two women, each trying to drag him in different ways. One iden­ tifies herself as Sculpture, the other as Learning; after choos­ ing the latter, Lucian is taken on a chariot flight over nations that applaud him and then returns home dressed in royal purple. This allegorical dream that foreshadows the course of his career is then used to bolster the point he himself (tell­ ing his audience he does not expect them to be ΰποκριταί, interpreters) makes in the remainder of the lecture— namely, that the young should choose education over a trade, for they will become as famous as he has.

Like the description of a picture, that of a dream presents to its audience—whether fictional character or ac­ tual reader—a need for interpretation, because it provides those who hear of it (whether reader or character) with a de­ tailed description of a visual experience that is perceived to be the repository for a deeper or hidden meaning. Further­ more, when such dreams are in fact interpreted by wise men in the text, or elucidated in the course of events, their rela­ tion to the text that frames them turns out to be analagous to that of the pictorial interpretations already examined.

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