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An Overview Of T.E. Porter's Poem "The Raft Of The Medusa"


T.E. Porter's "The Raft Of The Medusa" is a modern masterpiece. It speaks from the soul and appears to be taken from "The Voyage To Senegal" by Savigny and Correard as a deeper source. It might be said that it is a the blood and guts of an unusual story of human endurance. It is also a famous painting, unlike any other.in the Paris Louvre.

A quote from" Voyage To Senegal" is the following:

"The whole night we contended against death: holding fast by the ropes here we were strongly fastened. Rolled by the waves from the back to the front, and the front to the back, sometimes precipitated into the sea, suspended between life and death, lamenting our misfortune certain to perish, yet still struggling for a fragment of existence with the cruel element which threatened to swallow you up."

This lengthy poem is set in VII parts. Each part is exquisite in it's natural ability to transcend words and master description. What I liked about this poem is its strength, it's view of life with its hearty passion and its valuable wealth of existential spaces in time.

A quote from "The Raft Of The Medusa (1st stanza) is the following:
"The whole world disappeared on the first night,
in the dark we discovered a world of devoid of memory
and a hundred hearts bled bubbles at each pitch
and lift of our makeshift, madman's raft.
Black as blindness and nobody dared to sleep;
smell of sharks-breath at every roll she rolled.

Too, there is a underlying structure which lends to the sheer impact of a disaster at sea not unlike Gerard Manley Hopkins "The Wreck Of the Deutshland" about the drowning of Franciscan nuns. Perhaps T.E. Porter leaned more on the attitude of the painting when he created such an explosive combustive poem.

If we would examine Carl Jung's theory of dream-consequences in 5 steps, these factors might show in Porter's "The Raft Of The Medusa". They are:
1. the "transcendent factor" of the dream implying no metaphysical quality but the fact that this function creates one attitude to another.2. "carnality" understood symbolically revealing meaning as opposed to Freud's theory of the escape element in dreams.3. the dreams as a "hidden door" implying conscious separateness 4. the term "screen figures" implying conscious separateness. 5.Jung's two-old implication that What does it say in regards to the individual dreaming it? What does it say in regards to the human collectively?

In Part II Of Porter's Poem, dreams as archetypes are very stylish in structure, as I might have pointed out before and uses words that claim a conscioius narrator with "a gracious table"and "furnished with most unusual fish" even though it is on a raft of most interesting company.

Could Porter have been a romantic with all his dreams in tact giving us a lecture on deepest reality?

As T.S. Eliot reverses James Thomson's quote "Lips only sing, when they cannot talk" and tells us {The Use OF Poetry And The Use OF Criticism by T.S. Eliot} that "poets only talk when they cannot sing", I might conclude that when lips can not sing and poets cannot talk, they dream.
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