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The City Of Dreadful Night
by James Thomson
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James Thomsons epic poem The City Of Dreadful Night first appeared in 1874 and achieved some fame in its day, as it was read by many. In the decades that followed, however, the poem and the poet sank into obscurity, becoming known only to a few. Thomsons poem is a deeply questioning and extremely dark vision of the City that we inhabit. But more than that, it challenges the illusions that inhabit us. Thomson - atheist, alcoholic, anarchist and insomniac - speaks to us all from the place where we live.
This new edition is illustrated with eight drawings by Clifford Harper, and will hopefully help give the poem a new audience, and a new fame. Includes a critical biography of Thomson and his work by Dr. Philip Tew. Agraphia is Harpers own publishing imprint, and as youd expect, the books are exquisitely designed, illustrated and printed. I
A demon warder clutched me, Not so fast; First leave your hopes behind!--But years have passed Since I left all behind me, to the last: You cannot count for hope, with all your wit, This bleak despair that drives me to the Pit: How could I seek to enter void of it?
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