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The Ancient Track: The Complete Poetical Works of H. P. Lovecraft [Anglais] [Broché]

H P Lovecraft , S T Joshi
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  • Broché: 606 pages
  • Editeur : Hippocampus Press (20 août 2013)
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  • ISBN-10: 1614980705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614980704
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Le volume pour avoir tout lovecraft 19 novembre 2013
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Se procurer l'intégrale de Lovecraft, et rien que Lovecraft, n'est pa chose aisée tant ses nouvelles ont été publiées dans de nombreux recueils épars. Voici la recette la plus simple: se procurer les trois volumes de la collection "Omnibus", puis "The horror in the museum" et enfin celui-ci. A posséder par tout fan du maître de providence. On y trouve des pièces assez étranges, certaines du cycle de Cthulhu (Fungis from Yuggoth), d'autres plus humoristiques.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 La poèsie de HPL 10 juin 2005
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On l'oublie souvent; Lovecraft est un au auteur prolixe, auteurs de plus de 15000 lettres, il fut aussi un grand poète, que l'on reconnaît enfin.
Joshi, qui est le spécialiste anglo_saxon de l'oeuvre nous livre l'ensemble des poèmes de l'auteur de sa jeunesse à sa mort.
On retrouve avec joie les sonnets des Fungi de Yuggoth, à la gloire des grands anciens, ainsi que d'autres poèmes méconnus.
On a souvent écrit que Lovecraft n'était qu'un Poe du pauvre, la lecture de ce livre montrera que l'élève égale le maître...
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Lovecraft - not a bad poet! 2 février 2003
Par Jesper Mikkelsen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Having read and collected everything else that lovecraft has written, I decided that it was time to invest in this collected edition of his poetry. I had heard that I shouldnt expect too much, since his prose was a lot better than his poetry. That is still true, but i was quite surprised to find that his poetry is not bad at all. I have to admit, that i have never read or cared much for poetry, and mainly bought this collection to complete my library of lovecraftian books. But i really have enjoyed nearly all of the poems that i so far have read, even though only few of them are horrific and connects to his usual wriitings.
It should also be noted that the publisher Night Shade has done a fine job in producing this hardcover volume; good paper and printing and smythesewn binding that will let you read this book over and over again without the pages falling out. It is rare to see books of this kind nowadays! Buy it!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Enchanting World of Posey 2 avril 2010
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Up-date, January 2013: Hippocampus Press will soon publish a new paperback edition of this book that will include additional poems and corrections to the first edition.

This is an amazing book, a wonderful tome. There is much in it that may be consider'd dull or boring, of course; but that is merely a matter of taste, and I love poetry in most of its manifestations. Even Lovecraft's Juvenilia shews a boy who had an active brain and questing soul. Here is the very early poem, "On the Vanity of Human Ambition":

Apollo, chasing Daphne, gain's his prize
But lo! she turn'd to wood before his eyes.
More modern swains at golden prizes aim,
And ever strive some worldly thing to claim.
Yet 'tis the same as in Apollo's case,
For, once attain'd, the purest gold seems base.
All that men seek 's unworthy of the quest,
Yet seek they will, and never pause for rest.
True bliss, methinks, a man can only find
In virtuous life, & cultivated mind.

How fascinating, that poem, written by a boy who wou'd go on to live a life that one may call virtuous and cultivated. But it is section two of the book that thrills me, as an obsess'd fan of Lovecraftian horror. Lovecraft's supernatural poems have been published by themselves in various editions, and a new modern edition of just his horror poetry is something I would love to see. Many of these poems are so haunting, so beautiful and strange. He was an unusual man with a singular mind. Some of the lines are superbly macabre, such as these from the opening of "The Eidolon":

When flesh upon its earthly bed
Sprawls corpse-like and untenanted--
Vacant of soul, which freely flies
Thro' worlds unknown to waking eyes.
The horned moon above the spire
With ghastly grace was crawling high'r,
And in the pallid struggling beams
Grinn'd memories of ancient dreams.

Some poems found expression, later, as weird fiction, such as "The House," which in time was re-imagined as "The Shunned House." Some of the verse sounds very like Poe to me, and this would be natural, for a writer who so admired Poe's poetry and tales. An example is the opening of "The City":

It was golden and splendid,
The City of light;
A vision suspended
In deeps of the night;
A region of wonder and glory, whose temples were marble and white.

What can be more evocative than ye opening of "The Ancient Track"?

There was no hand to hold me back
That night I found the ancient track
Over the hill, and strained to see,
The fields that teased my memory.

And the sonnets are, for the most part, exquisite. "Fungi from Yuggoth" is a work of which I never tire (and it may eventually be available in an annotated/illustrated edition!!!). The first three sonnets of the "Fungi" are fascinating in that they are interrelated and suggest that Lovecraft may have begun the cycle with the idea of having it tell a cohesive tale. This seems reinforced by that wee prose segment known as "The Book," which is a prose retelling of these first sonnets in the cycle. Some scholars have try'd to shew that "Fungi from Yuggoth" does indeed tell a story, has a consistent plot line -- but it doesn't.

The Fantasy and Horror poetry ends at page 83, and the book continues to page 469 with poetry and many additional pages of notes, &c. Poetry was a natural aesthetic expression of H. P. Lovecraft, in which he express'd his mind with fancy, opinion, and friendship. Many of the poems were found in letters to friends and not in any way intended for publication; but how wonderful that this magnificent and never-tiring editor, S. T. Joshi, has found them all -- or most of them, and given us this work in a superbly edited edition. It's a great book.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 For Better or Verse... 8 janvier 2002
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The three titans of WEIRD TALES, Clarke Ashton Smith, H. P. Lovecraft, and Robert E. Howard, all wrote verse but only Ashton Smith was taken seriously as a poet by the contemporary literary establishment. Howard's manly Kiplingesque verse was written largely for his own amusement, and HPL's was almost entirely confined to his days of activity in the Amateur Press movement (1914-22).
Most of HPL's verse is in an archaic, highly artifical late 18th Century or "Georgian" mode, which he had come to love from the books he found in his grandfather's library as a child. He sometimes writes in the manner of Poe, but almost always to parody. Actually, his most effective verse, like "Fungi from Yuggoth," is in the sonnet form--- a form he rarely used. Editor Joshi says this is "complete," and he means it, down to birthday card inscriptions and one or two line fragments found among HPL's papers. But this almost guarantees a low average of literary quality and interest. Most educated men in the early 19th Century composed verses on occasion. I have seen a photo of Einstein playing violin with a father and son on piano and violin. Einstein inscribed the photo (in German), "Here's to the father and his lad. Our music was--- not bad!" Imagine someone collecting all such Einsteinian greetings and publishing them as THE COMPLETE POETICAL WORKS OF EINSTEIN. Einstein would be horrified, and so should you be. Should we be equally horrified by this book, which is not so different? I think not, because HPL is an important literary figure, and after all some of the material collected herein is seriously intended--- but not much.
A lot of the verse consists of gentle kidding of friends in the AP movement, particularly HPL's teenage buddy Alfred Galpin. There is even a mock-Elizabethan blank verse play in which Galpin and other figures of the AP have prominent roles, including HPL himself. One of the most astonishing of these works is "Medusa: A Portrait," several pages of inventive vituperation aimed at a female enemy of HPL's.
Most readers will spend most of their time with HPL's "Fantasy and Horror" verse, which takes up about 60 pages of this mammoth 557-page time. Given the interest many rock musicians take in HPL it is surprising more of this material has not been set to music. A quick search of the Internet did reveal some posted MP3s of precisely such--- I didn't sample them but did notice the titles chosen were often the ones I'd also have chosen for that purpose.
This is a book to keep by the side of the bed and read a few pages in every time cats get you up to be let in or out, or a loud jalopy going by jolts you awake. I think that's about the only way to get through it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 IA!! Lovecraft master of the bizzare!!! Chutulu Ftagn!! 8 juillet 2002
Par J. J. Olson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Absolutely amazing! I had no Idea Lovecraft had written so much poetry! 557 pages in length. Divided into 10 parts. juvenillia(poetry written as achild or just getting started in poetry),fantasy and horror(my favorite),occasional verse,satire,seasonal and topographical,amateur affairs,politics and society,personal,alfredo a tragedy( a play by lovecraft),and fragments. Very thorough. A must for the Lovecraft purist and collector.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Crucial complete collection of H.P. Lovecraft's poetry supersedes all others 11 décembre 2013
Par Leigh Blackmore - Publié sur Amazon.com
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How good was Lovecraft as a poet? Well, as a weird poet, very good indeed, though some of his weird output leans too heavily on the influence of Poe. The Fungi from Yuggoth sequence plus a few other strong poems of the fantastic will undoubtedly be where his reputation as a poet rests. The reams of satirical, political, amateur and occasional verse that Lovecraft produced are largely chaff – though for anyone deeply interested in the man and his work, they cogently express his attitudes on all sorts of subjects. Around sixty pages of this volume are occupied with Lovecraft’s weird verse (his strongest work) and these will thrill fans of his stories the most. Yet all his five-hundred-odd poems are worth reading, whether he be dedicating a verse to a close writer friend, musing poetically on the beauties of nature. or sharpening his quill against rivals in the amateur press of his day
Lovecraft’s poetry has had a somewhat chequered history in collected form. The main attractions of the mis-named Arkham House Collected Poems (1963, edited by August Derleth) and the Ballantine 1971 paperback of the same book (under the title Fungi from Yuggoth and Other Poems) were the superb illustrations by artist Frank Utpatel. Tom Collins’ 1977 compilation A Winter Wish and Other Poems (Whispers Press) was riddled with textual errors. From 1978-1982 some obscure Lovecraft poems appeared in S.T. Joshi’s series Uncollected Poetry and Prose (Necronomicon Press, 3 vols) and various textually improved editions of Lovecraft’s fantastic verse appeared from Necronomicon Press in the 1980s and 1990s – Fungi from Yuggoth and The Fantastic Verse (selected by S.T. Joshi). In 1983, R. Alain Everts’s Dream Press issued The Illustrated Fungi from Yuggoth, with illustrations by Robert Kellough, in a small edition of only 250 copies. S.T. Joshi also issued a couple of small compilations of lesser-known Lovecraft verse as special issues of Crypt of Cthulhu magazine, such as Saturnalia and Other Poems (1984) and Medusa and Other Poems (1986) For many years a fully annotated edition of the Fungi from Yuggoth sequence has been in the works, but it has not yet eventuated.
It was not until 2001, when Joshi’s landmark compilation of Lovecraft’s complete poetical works, The Ancient Track, was issued in hardcover by Night Shade Press, that enthusiasts of the Old Gent could claim to have everything he wrote in poetic form between the covers of one book.
At least, it seemed that way. Over the last few years, several more poems and poem fragments by Lovecraft have been discovered by diligent scholars. Now we have the expanded second edition of The Ancient Track and (as the back cover says) “it can well be said that this second edition of The Ancient Track is the definitive collection of Lovecraft’s entire poetic output”.
The overall arrangement of the collection is fundamentally the same – there are sections for Juvenilia, Fantasy and Horror, Occasional verse, Satire, Seasonal and Topographical, Amateur Affairs, Politics and Society, Personal, plus Lovecraft’s only play “Alfredo: A Tragedy” and Fragments. Joshi’s introduction explains that a few small errors in the poems have been corrected, two appendices have been added and the notes have been thoroughly overhauled and augmented. Appendix 1 consists of Lovecraft’s revisions of poems for others – authors such as Robert L. Selle, Sonia Greene, Jonathan Hoag, William Lumley, Duane W. Rimel (yes, the Dreams of Yith cycle is here in entirety), Lee McBride White, Wilson Shepherd. Appendix 2 consists of poems by others which either inspired poems by Lovecraft, or to which Lovecraft responded in poetic form. A copious section of Notes consists of 75 pages of the volume (by comparison, the notes in the Night Shade edition ran only to 47 pages); this is followed by a Chronology of Lovecraft’s Poems, an Index of Titles, and an Index to First Lines. The notes cite all recent scholarship on the poems.
Some changes in internal arrangement of the volume have been made. At least one poem untitled in the previous edition has here been allocated a title, e.g. [Last of an elder race...] here becomes [To a Cat] The running order of poems within each section largely follows the first edition, but some poems have been moved around. I do not know if this reflects more research on the actual chronology of their writing, or whether it was a formatting decision. Additionally, some poems from the previous edition have been moved to more accurately reflect their subject matter - [Tis a sprig of green shamrock…], previously under Occasional Verse, is now in the Fragments section. ’‘Pacifist War Song” has moved from the Satire section to Politics and Society. “To the Eighth of November” is moved from Amateur Affairs to Occasional Verse, as is “Birthday Lines to Margfred Galbraham.” In this new edition, the titles of the small section of Epigrams in Occasional Verse have their individual titles listed on the Contents Page, as do those poems in the collection of “Greetings” under Amateur Affairs;
So, if one already has the Night Shade edition of 2001, what extra goodies can be expected from this new edition? Joshi’s introduction does not actually specify the new poems which are added to this edition, but by a comparison of the tables of contents of the Night Shade and Hippocampus volumes I have determined that they are as follows. There are two principal new poems and a number of fragments.
Firstly, “To the Recipient of This Volume” (p. 108). I believe I drew Joshi’s attention to this item, which was published as a standalone folio by R. Alain Everts’ The Strange Company in 1988. The Strange Co edition had much additional material including an intro by Everts and two versions of Ira A. Cole’s epic poem “Atlantis,” (dedicated to Lovecraft, though Lovecraft never saw it). Lovecraft wrote this ten-line poem in 1915 in the flyleaf of a book he sent to Cole, who was an amateur colleague of Lovecraft’s, and member of their letter writing exchange group the Kleicomolo. Everts’ booklet unfortunately escaped listing in Joshi’s original 1980 Lovecraft bibliography, but is listed as item I-A-110 in his 2009 bibliography published by the University of Tampa Press.
Secondly, “(Wet) Dream Song” (p. 366) Beginning with the line “Homer had the pox,” this previously uncollected vernacular item is bound to raise a few eyebrows. It comes from the body of an untitled essay on amateur journalism included in Lovecraft’s Collected Essays. Its tone seems highly un-Lovecraftian; one must read the note on p. 564 which informs us that Lovecraft wrote it as a parody of the “downright incoherence with maundering silliness” of amateur poets’ “yen for a sort of fourth-rate bastard decadence.” Most amusing!
Thirdly, there were but thirteen items in the Fragments section in the previous edition. This number has now swelled to twenty-four (see pp. 461-65). The additional eleven fragments range from several two-liners such as :
“Armed against an arrogant attack
Bold BELGIUM beats barbaric braggers back”
And (derived from a letter to Fitz Leiber, 25 Jan 1937)
“Black and unform’d, as pestilent a Clod
As dread Sadoqua, Averonia’s God.”
No 10 of the fragments is the famous couplet from Abdul Alhazred
“That is not dead which can eternal lie
And with strange aeons even death may die”,
This couplet, originally from “The Nameless City” and also in “The Call of Cthulhu” was (strangely enough) overlooked for inclusion in the Fragments section of the previous edition.
There is even a previously unpublished limerick (from a letter to Anne Tillery Renshaw, 14 June 1922 held in the Arkham House transcripts ) :
“There is a quaint fellow call’d Fritter
An amiable sort of a critter.
But when he slung lead
At Old Theobald’s head
The votes shew’d him up as a bum hitter!”
If you have the Night Shade edition, I believe it is still worth investing in the Hippocampus edition for the additional items together with the enormously useful addition of the appendices and expanded Notes, which really explain everything one needs to know about the circumstances of composition and publication of the poems. If you do not have the Night Shade edition, and wish to own a collection of Lovecraft’s poetry, this is absolutely the best one to have. Given that the Night Shade edition commands huge prices on the out of print market these days (from $100-$700 US according to abebooks.com), the Hippocampus Press edition represents real value for money. My only reservation on the new edition is that the large paperback format, in addition to being somewhat unwieldy, may tend to damage easily. Its oversized format disallows it from being placed upright on my shelf – it will only fit sitting on its spine; and it may be necessary to enclose it for protection in some kind of clamshell casing. I’m unsure as to why Hippocampus chose not to produce a hardcover edition, and why they chose this unusually large paperback format for the volume. Nevertheless it is attractively produced, with a beautiful cover painting, The Sphinx and the Milky Way, by Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967). Lovecraft admired Burchfield's work and spoke enthusiastically of it in his letters.
One dreams of one day seeing an Illustrated Complete Poetical Works of Lovecraft in a lush hardcover edition with numerous colour plates for the poems by artists inspired by Lovecraft’s work. (Even a reissue of The Ancient Track with Utpatel’s illustrations would be delightful). Meanwhile, this textually accurate and comprehensive Hippocampus Press edition of the poems is crucial for collectors and for library collections. Highly recommended.
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