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When Taliessin through Logres was published in 1938, it received widespread critical acclaim. Alongside its partner companion The Region of the Summer Stars, it stands as one of the most profound and challenging works in Williams' body of work--and one of the most important to understanding him fully. In this new edition, both Taliessin through Logres and The Region of the ...more
Published September 12th 2016 by Apocryphile Press (first published 1974)
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Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have written "An Introduction to Taliesin through Logres" over on my Charles Williams blog. It is designed to help you find your way through this dense, beautiful, complex poetry. Please check it out!
Nov 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Taliessin through Logres" and "The Region of the Summer Stars" are two collections of poems written by Charles Williams and based on the Arthurian legend. They are written from the perspective of Taliessin, the court poet of Camelot, and chronicle the history of the fabled kingdom. Being written from his perspective, they do not focus on the battles, jousts, and quests of the round table, but on the inner spiritual life of Camelot and those who live in and through it.

The poems that make up the
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This, for me at least, is difficult poetry. Without the accompanying explication penned by C. S. Lewis I would have been pretty lost. Having said that, I think these volumes of poetry are amazing, and may be the greatest poetic version of the Matter of Britain from the 20th century (I'd argue that Clemence Housman's _The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis_ is the greatest prose version of that century). Williams, ironically best known as the least famous of the "big three" of the Inklings (the other ...more
Katherine Sas
I'm never sure how to rate this kind of modernist poetry, especially as written by the highly esoteric Charles Williams. "He seems a bit above my likes and dislikes," to quote Master Gamgee. That being said, I did enjoy letting the sounds wash over my ear and picking out little moments or allusions to Arthurian romance that I recognized. Sorina's introduction was helpful in explaining how to go about explicating the poem, even if I don't have it in me to re-read several times right at the moment ...more
Chris Zull
Charles Williams' collection of narrative Arthurian poetry. The poems range in quality very widely, and even the best ones can be difficult to interpret. This edition also included Williams' fascinating essay Arthurian Torso, on the history and evolution of the mythos itself. Rating this was hard for me; I threw up my hands and settled on three stars.
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Williams is always an interesting writer. He was a friend of, and great influence on, Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. I remember much enjoying his The Greater Trumps; though that was long ago and my tastes may have changed.

This book, "Taliessin..." etc, i recently acquired. i was always curious about it through it's reputation among his peers. Taliessin through Logres and region of the Summer Stars ar part of a long fictional narrative poem centered around Wiliams, "created" world of King Ar
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The poetry is very dense and I don't think I understand it very well -- I've only been through once, and that rather quickly -- but I like fragments of it a great deal.

Williams' introduction to Arthurian legend, for someone like me who only knows fragments, was helpful both due to the review and because of the introduction to his own ideas about the material; C.S. Lewis's commentary clears up a lot of passages that were opaque to me on first read-through, and his conclusion gives me
Maria Tatham
I'm sorry to say that I couldn't finish this. Because of my admiration for the poetry of blogger Jonathan Lovelace, who recommended this book, and my liking for Williams's novels, I set out to read it. Except for Williams's history of Arthurian things, this book was too much for my poor brain.

Jonathan Lovelace's blog, where you'll find Arthurian poetry of his own, his poetry on Christian themes, and more:
I don't think very highly of this book. The only interesting thing about it is why C.S. Lewis thought as highly of it as he did.
Apr 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
From the writer who gave us in vivid color the unconscious mind.
This one is not story like the others I have listed. Williams is complicated for me and has a lot of depth. His thinking feels to me fresh and original as well as insightful.
Aug 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the hardest poetry I have ever read. I cannot pretend to have mastered it yet, but there is so much goodness an beauty here I know it will be well worth the trouble.
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Charles Walter Stansby Williams is probably best known, to those who have heard of him, as a leading member (albeit for a short time) of the Oxford literary group, the "Inklings", whose chief figures were C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien. He was, however, a figure of enormous interest in his own right: a prolific author of plays, fantasy novels (strikingly different in kind from those of his friends), ...more
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