Poems in the Arthuriad
This is a series of poems I began back in high school or middle school after discovering Charles Williams' Taliessin Through Logres and Region of the Summer Stars, and is an attempted homage to that great poet. (I have revised most of the poems significantly since then.) These poems are completely unordered, as Williams' seem to be (but most likely aren't).
The series takes place during the reign of Arthur of Camelot. Most of the poems take the form of one half of a dialogue between two characters, or the internal monologue of one character. One of the characters concerned in most poems is either Taliesin (court bard to Arthur, according to Malory, but also the subject of his own tales in Welsh myth) or Merlin; the conceit that I've applied is that both of these characters are the same character from my own prose tales, present via inter-universal (and time) travel.
- "Taliesin to a Critic" This poem is probably the most accessible in the series, requiring absolutely no knowledge of the Arthuriad, but it also probably doesn't belong in the series. (Ah, well.) It was written either in my senior year of high school or during spring break of my first two years of college. (From which my high school classmates can probably gather who the "critic" I had in mind was.)
- "Taliesin After His Last View of Llogres" This poem was written very late in the series, probably in my second or third year of college. My character who is called Taliesin while in Camelot is called home unexpectedly because a civil war is breaking out, as described in the first chapter of my novel-in-progress Sunshine Civil War. In the story-world, either this poem was composed later to memorialize what he felt at that time, or he was permitted to go back for a little while later during a lull in the fighting. I'm not sure which yet; probably the former.
- "After the First Defeat at Luddington" This poem is arguably not part of the series as such, since the speaker no longer answers to the name of Taliesin and is no longer in Llogres, but he clearly looks back to Camelot and Blanchefleur with longing.
- "Taliesin at the Throne of Arthur"
- "Taliesin before Morgause" An early poem in the series. Taliesin rebukes Morgause, queen of Orkney, one of the legends' primary antagonists.
- "Taliesin Before Arthur" Likely another early poem in the series. Taliesin replies to Arthur's request that he see the future.
- "Taliesin at the Dance" An important (somewhat later) poem in the series, telling of Taliesin's meeting with his beloved, Blanchefleur.
- "Merlin in the Temple in Jerusalem" An early poem in the series. Visiting the ruins of the temple in Jerusalem deeply affects Merlin.
- "Taliesin and Blanchefleur" Taliesin recounts an early meeting with his beloved.
- "Taliesin's Last Lament" Taliesin bids farewell to Camelot, Llogres, and his beloved for the last time.
- "Taliesin at the Ball"
- Taliesin on the Occasion of his Knighthood
- Taliesin before the Portrait Painter
- Taliesin in the Rose Garden
- Merln before Guinevere
- Merlin's Rebuke of Morgause
- Blanchefleur before Merlin
- Merlin to Geneveve at the Coronation of Arthur
- Merlin before Arthur
- Taliesin at Midsummer's Eve
- Merlin in the Tower of Astronomy
- Taliesin before Guinevere
- Taliesin on Blanchefleur's Birthday
- Merlin at the Battle
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