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Tupping flunkeys

Sunday, 31 October 2021 at 22:24

Roy Campbell on Dr John Dunn. The disambiguation of Roy Campbell’s great epic poem of the Spanish Civil War continues below. This adds to the readings of Flowering Rifle already completed and presented in the ‘Thought pieces’ section of this website.

Tupping flunkeys

For King’s Gold Medals when I strive to please
Their winning will require a sterner test,
No defrocked Scoutmaster could Tupper these
That jingle with the cross upon my chest:
When Britain and her poets stand for causes
That aren’t foredoomed by foul subhuman crime
They’ll change their present sanctions to applauses
And own me for the prophet of my time,
Since the whole trouble with the other chaps is
Whatever cause they flunkey for collapses
However well it flourished at the time:


‘No defrocked Scoutmaster’ - possible meanings abound here of course around sexual perversion and young boys, which sums up what Campbell feels about the lifestyle of Spauden, Campbell’s compound description, noted in earlier readings of Flowering Rifle, for Spender and Auden and Bloomsbury more generally, being a conflation of Jew, homosexual and left-wing.

Tupping is the mating of sheep, and Tupper might refer to Martin Farquhar Tupper, a Victorian writer who won fame for his trite innocuous verse.

Campbell is making the point that medals should not be won from the corrupt political establishment in return for perverted sexual favour and safe establishment-friendly poetry. The implication of course is that this is exactly how literary recognition is achieved amongst the corrupt and amoral cultural and political elite of Britain.

Distancing himself from Bloomsbury decadence, Campbell emphasises that his own medals were won through a ‘much sterner test’, implying bravery in military action.

The rest of this part needs little disambiguation. Campbell argues that when the corrupted politics of sexual inversion ceases to have a hold on the causes that Britain supports, (‘foul subhuman crime’ refers to the war atrocities committed by Republican forces that Campbell witnessed in Spain), then the political and literary establishments will no longer exclude him, but rather applaud him for his prophetic reading of the times.

The‘trouble’ with the other poets of his day is the way they support fashionable causes that ultimately collapse and fail (the International Brigade in Spain would have been uppermost in Campbell’s mind here). ‘Flunkey’ (in actuality a liveried manservant) in this context refers to the obsequious currying for favour by the Spauden literary set in search of literary honours from the Spauden establishment.

© John Dunn.

Sell out to get in

Saturday, 30 October 2021 at 22:15

Great poet on Dr John Dunn. Sell out to get in

Roy Campbell's Flowering Rifle appears on this website in short published parts, supported by my analysis. The most recent part of Campbell's epic poem to appear follows below, preceded by my commentary.

Here Campbell once more attacks the establishment poets of his day, the left wing, a la Bloomsbury, poets, who court favour from royalty with their safe and watered-down pseudo-revolutionary Bolshevizings, the vodka having obvious Russian connotations.

These are the latter-day Robert Southeys, who sell out in return for money and respectability; these fashionably gay henna-tressed poets, staying youthful for each other, but ultimately sterile.

To join them in their quest for establishment favour, Campbell implies that he would have to start doing what he was told, i.e. black the boots of his betters, renounce his lust for life, abandon his faith and vision of a better future (sans communism), and self-emasculate before he is derided for his manhood, which is an unacceptable condition to hold in the effete and feminised world of the Bloomsbury establisment.


And when I Bolshevize for Royal Favour
Amongst her modern Southeys, henna-tressed,
By watering down the vodka like the rest,
May my right hand lose cunning, flinch, and waver,
Salaaming there for baksheesh with their best,
Who’ll call you honest, daring, fearless, bold
For blacking boots and doing what you’re told,
If only you’d unclench that “no” to life
And wish your Father hadn’t took a wife,
If only you’d renounce all faith and vision
Foresentencing your manhood to derision.

© John Dunn.

Deriding the henna-tressed

Friday, 29 October 2021 at 22:31

Book cover on Dr John Dunn. Deriding the henna-tressed

The next part of Roy Campbell’s amazing epic poem of the Spanish Civil War follows here, continuing the series presented previously on this website, complete with analysis.


And when I Bolshevize for Royal Favour
Amongst her modern Southeys, henna-tressed,
By watering down the vodka like the rest,
May my right hand lose cunning, flinch, and waver,
Salaaming there for baksheesh with their best,
Who’ll call you honest, daring, fearless, bold
For blacking boots and doing what you’re told,
If only you’d unclench that “no” to life
And wish your Father hadn’t took a wife,
If only you’d renounce all faith and vision
Foresentencing your manhood to derision.
For King’s Gold Medals when I strive to please
Their winning will require a sterner test,
No defrocked Scoutmaster could Tupper these
That jingle with the cross upon my chest:
When Britain and her poets stand for causes
That aren’t foredoomed by foul subhuman crime
They’ll change their present sanctions to applauses
And own me for the prophet of my time,
Since the whole trouble with the other chaps is
Whatever cause they flunkey for collapses
However well it flourished at the time:

An analysis of the above newly presented part will follow shortly on this home page, to be published later in the ‘Thought Piece’ section.


© John Dunn.

A Vision of Beulah

Thursday, 28 October 2021 at 22:43

Urizen and nets on Dr John Dunn. Urizen casts his net, by William Blake

A Vision of Beulah

And Ananke created Urizen to distract the innocents away from the eternal God,

And Urizen’s jealousy of mankind brought forth self-hatred in himself, which in turn brought forth his vengeful hatred of Eros,

And the children of Urizen inherited this self-hatred, which in turn festered their vengeful hatred of Logos, God, the Word, the Cosmic Jesus, living thought, creativity and Love,

And after murdering Love, they sought to drag mankind down into the innocence of Beulah, a place of dumb idiocy, where all is commodity, everything has its price, and all have equal rights,

And in Beulah the differences of social status were defined by money, in a world where money makes more money,

And diversity and difference were expunged by reducing status and the measure of human estimation to that which is easily calculable,

And money turned desire for gain into the sole motive, outweighing all other motives, because the effort it demands of the mind is so very much less; nothing being so clear and so simple as a row of figures,

And out of self-hatred and vengeful hatred, the children of Urizen reduced the innocents to a parody of themselves,

And creativity died.

And Urizen cast the net of debt over all.


© John Dunn.

Heritage turnpike

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 at 21:26

Pub on Dr John Dunn. White Hart, South Kilworth, coaching inn

Heritage turnpike

What constitutes an interesting heritage turnpike?

It must be largely untampered with, i.e. it still passes through the villages and towns on the original route, with no by-passes. The roads through these settlements must retain the same bends and curves in the road that the turnpike had as it inched its way though long-standing village streets and town squares.

The road must have had some continuity into the motoring era, retaining a largely unaltered state, but also conveying vehicles along a route of real value up to as near the present as possible.

The Rugby to North Kilworth Turnpike is one such route. It was established by a Trust in 1801, eventually to be disbanded in 1870s, when steam railways drained most of the toll paying traffic away.

Nevertheless, it retained its integrity as a route well into the modern era, being designated as the A427 until the 1960s, when it was downgraded to the B5414. In more recent years, the road has been downgraded still further to unclassified.

It has the characteristics mentioned above, with wonderfully sharp slow bends in the village centres of Clifton-upon-Dunsmore, St Thomas Cross, Catthorpe and Swinford. (Between the two latter villages of course strides the Catthorpe Interchange, through which the old road threads its way with remarkably little disruption.) Only through South Kilworth does the road pass straight through, albeit right through the centre of the village.

The old turnpike end at North Kilworth is interesting, in that the A427 continued on to Market Harborough and beyond, i.e. the directional integrity of the main road was, until the 1960s, considered to be Market Harborough to Rugby and on to Warwick, rather than the Market Harborough to Lutterworth continuity of the A4304 as it stands today.

In short summary, an old road redolent of the turnpike era, the early motoring era and the transition period between the two.


© John Dunn.

In the beginning

Monday, 25 October 2021 at 21:52

Eros and egg on Dr John Dunn. Continuing to build the mythology



In the beginning

And the Cosmos was without being,

And the Cosmos without being was the One,

And having no being, the One = nought, 1 = 0,

And Ananke, undifferentiated Oneness, equilibrium, the endless repeating cycle, stasis, reigned supreme.

In the beginning was Love, known also as the Logos, the Word, God, the Cosmic Jesus, living thought, creativity.

And Love violated Ananke,


And cosmic innocence was lost, felix culpa,

And Eros emerged from the Cosmic Egg.


© John Dunn.

Conundrum

Sunday, 24 October 2021 at 21:25

Fixed destiny on Dr John Dunn. Ananke by Gilbert Bayes

Conundrum

And why is Eros tempted by evil?

Ananke, symbol of undifferentiated Oneness, equilibrium, the endless repeating cycle and entropic death, is Evil’s closest ally.


Eve was drawn to the Serpent.

The champion of violation is Eros, but why? Why is Love so drawn to Evil?

Why is the urge to violate the daughters of Ananke so irresistible to Eros, the son of Love?

It is because the urge to create is the defining aspect of man, just as it is the defining aspect of Love, the first Creator.

Eros is driven to break the daughters of Ananke and end the cycle.

Man is driven to penetrate the still darkness of the cave and paint on the walls.

Your soul will never be known entirely;
But for Eros, you would never be known at all.
All I can hope is to enter
And paint my dreams on your wall.
Man is driven to cross the water and penetrate new continents.
I looked over the still dark waters and saw you there,
Eternal, wild, and infinite.
Is creativity, that is violation, encouraged by Love?
An angel occupied your body and spoke to me… touched me… and drew me towards the Divinity.
© John Dunn.
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