Sunday, December 11, 2005

A Dream In The Mind Of Graham Chapman

One of the following states of affairs is a Monty Python sketch. The other really happened. Can you tell which is which?:
A group of sailors stranded on a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean argue over which one the others should eat. They decide to eat the kosher one.
OR
A man is struck by a car in the middle of the street. A policeman writes him a ticket for jaywalking. He dies.
Answer here.

3 Comments:

At 9:40 PM, Blogger tRobert Frost Foundation said...

Lewis' mythopoetic identity was forged in the trenches of WWI. That is a good place to get your gods and demons sorted out.

Many of his worst battlefield fears are projected onto a new figure of Satan-- not Milton's, not Blake's, but Lewis' own.

Part I The Prison House

I. Satan Speaks

I am Nature, the Mighty Mother,
I am the law: ye have none other.

I am the flower and the dewdrop fresh,
I am the lust in your itching flesh.

I am the battle's filth and strain,
I am the widow's empty pain.

I am the sea to smother your breath,
I am the bomb, the falling death.

I am the fact and the crushing reason
To thwart your fantasy's new-born treason.

I am the spider making her net,
I am the beast with jaws blood-wet.

I am a wolf that follows the sun
And I will catch him ere day be done.

What does he do with such a pragmatic defense against shell-shock? He takes this intellectual defense to cope with one of the worst battles of the Seine at Monchy-Le-Preux.



II. French Nocturne

Long leagues on either hand the trenches spread
And all is still; now even this gross line
Drinks in the frosty silences divine
The pale, green moon is riding overhead.

The jaws of a sacked village, stark and grim;
Out on the ridge have swallowed up the sun,
And in one angry streak his blood has run
To left and right along the horizon dim.

There comes a buzzing plane: and now, it seems
Flies straight into the moon. Lo! where he steers
Across the pallid globe and surely nears
In that white land some harbour of dear dreams!

False mocking fancy! Once I too could dream,
Who now can only see with vulgar eye
That he's no nearer to the moon than I
And she's a stone that catches the sun's beam.

What call have I to dream of anything?
I am a wolf. Back to the world again,
And speech of fellow-brutes that once were men
Our throats can bark for slaughter: cannot sing.


I've been to this bend in the road where a German pillbox mowed down everthing that came around the corner. It is remarkable that Lewis was able to cope with this in any way. That's the point of myth- and poem-making to remain human.

 
At 10:22 PM, Blogger Mazer Rackam said...

well duhhhhhhhhhhhhh

 
At 8:04 PM, Blogger Mulatto Jesus said...

the first one is monty python

 

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