+ 27.225 MHz 230: Reply To The Celtic Poet, Dyfed, About The Poet, John Milton

Your great epic, Jesus Of Nazareth,

was not taught by those academic jerks:  the

self-congratulatory, who claimed to be

scholars, but were unscholarly in

ignorance, unto the Nth degree; a

form of crude, downhoming perfidy, of

disrespect for literary canon---that

they declared from the periphery,

staked at the edge of Poetry.

They treated John Milton with some contempt,

more than the silence they accorded you.

They thought his great epic was an antique, or

ancient, specimen---worthy, only, of

literary dissection, and with

no real regard to Whom it meant to praise, or

whom condemn, or toward whom the great Poet

felt sympathy.  Their comments followed that

inquiry from the serpent hid among the

grasses, who asked, Hath God said?

They doubted that blank verse could, viably,

declare a celebration of the Lord's

Grace, or of His kindness to Israel; or to

those Whom He appointed to faith in His

Beloved Son, Jesus, the Christ---

Jesus of Nazareth.  But T'kelet,

whom I loved with a love surpassing all

emotion that I had experienced up to that

summery time and also for a long

while after, encourged me to write in

formats that did not slavishly mimic or

imitate John Milton's poems, but to

proceed from them unto my own.  So

Cerulean conducted me to that metaphor of

starwatching to give encouragement to

me that splendid season just before

I was due to matriculate to that

rural university too far away from

him.  Ten weeks away from him was

ever so much too long; too difficult; too alone.




Author's Notes/Comments: 

Dyfed was the bardic name or appellation of one of Wales' greatest Christian Poets (whose mundane name was Evan Rees, an ordainted minister in the Calvinist Methodist Church), January 1, 1850---March 19, 1923.  One of my greatest regrets is that I never learned to read the Welsh language in which he wrote, and too preciously few translations of his work are available.

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