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The Lost Shadow of Things

“The Lost Shadow of Things” by Harry Matthews is a captivating collection of poetry that delves into the depths of human emotion, exploring themes of love, loss, conflict, and the complexities of the human psyche. The poems, characterised by their rich imagery and profound insights, offer a journey through various landscapes of the heart and mind.

Final Warning is a powerful opening to the collection, immediately immersing the reader in a world of emotional turmoil and defiance. The poet’s use of vivid imagery to convey feelings of anger and frustration is striking. The lines “If you crowd my peace, teeth gnashing in anger, / I will muster the last of my strength” are particularly impactful, illustrating the poet’s desperation and readiness to confront his adversaries.

Dawn of the Holy Cloud shifts to a more ethereal and introspective tone. The poem beautifully juxtaposes the natural world with the inner tumult of the speaker. The imagery of “Lightning carves the moistened air, / A paradox of fire and mist” creates a vivid picture of internal conflict and transformation.

Bottoms-Up offers a more hopeful perspective, focusing on renewal and the transformative power of love. The poem’s optimistic tone is encapsulated in the lines “It’s a cleansing of pain, a revival of memory, / Yet, what remains is not merely a recollection, / But a transformation.”

The Neo-Platonic Cave Philosopher stands out for its philosophical depth, exploring the complex relationship between reality and perception. The poem skilfully intertwines classical references with personal introspection.

Toward the Peak of Parnassus: is a poignant piece, touching on themes of support and understanding. The imagery of being “crowned with white roses” and seeking comfort in the Muses’ grace is particularly evocative. The poet creates a sanctuary of comfort and healing. The imagery of being crowned with white roses and seeking solace from the Muses adds a classical and serene touch to the poem.

Wispily Chronicling the Pizazz is notable for its whimsical and slightly surreal imagery. The playful tone, alongside references to academic and fantastical elements, creates a unique narrative style.

The Dolphin Race Fiasco is a narrative-driven piece that beautifully captures an interaction with nature and the unexpected. The encounter with the whale and the subsequent introspection of the speaker add layers of depth to the poem.

The Paladin’s Creed uncovers the archetype of the Paladin, blending elements of chivalry, spirituality, and heroism. The vivid imagery and strong narrative voice make this a compelling read.

Harry Matthews’ “The Lost Shadow of Things” is a profound and beautifully crafted collection, each poem brings its unique voice and style, creating a diverse and engaging reading experience. The poet deftly navigates a range of emotions and themes, from introspection and philosophical musing to vivid storytelling and nature imagery. Indeed, the poet’s skill in weaving intricate images and metaphors creates a mesmerising tapestry of words that stays with the reader long after the last page is turned. The collection as a whole is a testament to the poet’s versatility and depth, offering readers a rich and varied poetic journey.

The Lost Shadow of Things

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harry Matthews (31 Dec. 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 106 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1838349847
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1838349844
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.85 x 0.64 x 19.84 cm

Harry Matthews

un poète et peintre

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