Excerpt Wednesday – Lucifer in Starlight – Meredith

LuciferinStarlight.jpgDespite finding financial and critical success as a novelist, George Meredith always considered himself first and foremost a poet. This self-identification seems quite fitting now since his poetry has endured and remains accessible today in a way that his novels have not. Unlike many Victorian authors, his long-form work has not enjoyed a resurgence, although his considerable influence can be felt – he is mentioned by name by Sherlock Holmes and in an Oscar Wilde play. If you would like to finish reading of Lucifer’s brief, but theologically dense, sojourn under the stars, click here. Digital collage and composition by me (sneaked this one in just under the wire – it may be late on Wednesday, but it is still Wednesday!).


    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Meredith was an interesting writer – very experimental and controversial in his day – I think we get a small taste of the density of his work from this poem.

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    1. I find this poem fascinating because Meredith makes the devil into an almost sympathetic character – and without being overly sentimental or simplistic – a pretty nifty feat!

      Are the masks research for an upcoming project? Or an art exhibition? I went to an exhibit a few years ago on Vodou at the National Museum of Canada and it was one of the most educational and interesting exhibits I have ever been to. It featured many incredible devil masks, and thoroughly explained the meaning and practice of their use.

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      1. I’m responding to a call for words and images related to Latin American culture. They do not see the devil as evil; he is often more of a trickster figure. All their imagery contains duality, which is how the traditional culture views life: not as either/or, but and. And why the Christian religion has never replaced the indigenous rituals.

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      2. So interesting! I look forward to the results. It sounds similar to some of the Voudu devil imagery, it is not something to be feared, per se; rather it is a necessary part of the cosmos.


    1. Thank you so much, Lillian! It is always a challenge to make the art match what I envision for a poem, and that it is even more so for me with digital work (computers don’t come naturally to me!).

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