The World’s Best English Epic Poetry – Lewis’ Dymer

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Part of the world’s best English epic and narrative poetry includes Lewis’s Dymer.

In this fascinating narrative, Dymer – the hero – escapes from a totalitarian state (based upon the principles found in Plato’s Republic) to roam the country at large. Eventually taking refuge in a strange faerie castle lodged deep within the forest, he spends the night in the arms of a voluptuous succubus. Expelled by the castle’s guardian and forced to roam once more, he takes refuge with an adept in the black arts: who encourages him to enter the Dreaming-Lands via his enchantments. Dymer, after a trial, rejects the adept – scorning his arts – as but vain illusions: goaded to fury, the maddened adept tries to kill him – and succeeds wounding Dymer mortally as he vainly flees.

Crawling with the last of his strength to an abandoned graveyard, Dymer lies dying: and is visited by the supernaturally unmoved succubus. Dymer’s spirit mounts to the heavens, and hails an angelic sentinel: who is keeping watch upon the movements of a monstrous beast. Through a series of revelations provided by the sentinel, Dymer recognises the beast as his own prodgeny via the succubus – and begs arms and weapons of the angel to destroy the monster. The sentinel acquieces – and arms Dymer accordingly. Dymer then advances to destroy the beast – or to be killed in the attempt.

  • As Dymer marches forwards to meet his destiny – will he, or the beast, have the final victory?
  • As Dymer’s spirit shows him there is life beyond life: is there also death beyond death?

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Although out of copyright (first published in 1926), a copy has yet to be posted to the public domain. Dymer is still in print, and can be purchased as part of the collection of Lewis’ Narrative poems.

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