Lines inscribed upon a cup formed from a skull

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lines inscribed upon a cup formed from a skull

The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers

When Michael Crawford discovers his bride brutally murdered in their wedding bed, he is forced to flee not only to prove his innocence, but to avoid the deadly embrace of a vampire who has claimed him as her true bridegroom.

Joining forces with Byron, Keats, and Shelley in a desperate journey that crisscrosses Europe, Crawford desperately seeks his freedom from this vengeful lover who haunts his dreams and will not rest until she destroys all that he cherishes.

Told in the guise of a secret history, this long-awaited tale of passion and terror is finally back in print after more than 20 years.
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Discussing "Lines Inscribed Upon a Cup Formed From a Skull" by George Gordon, Lord Byron

Lines Inscribed Upon a Cup Formed From a Skull by Lord Byron

Start not—nor deem my spirit fled: In me behold the only skull From which, unlike a living head, Whatever flows is never dull. I lived, I loved, I quaffed like thee; I died: let earth my bones resign: Fill up—thou canst not injure me; The worm hath fouler lips than thine. Redeemed from worms and wasting clay, This chance is theirs to be of use. Observing it to be of giant size, and in a perfect state of preservation, a strange fancy seized me of having it set and mounted as a drinking cup. I accordingly sent it to town, and it returned with a very high polish, and of a mottled colour like tortoiseshell. Byron is considered one of the greatest British poets, a leading member of the Romantic literary movement, and remains widely read in contemporary times.

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Whenever I read Byron, P. Shelley, or Wordsworth, I get mad penis envy. Byron hated Wordsworth. Called him Turdsworth. Byron also called Keats a bedwetter.

The poem has six quatrains with an ABAB rhyme scheme. The rhythm of the poem is cyclical, so that every quatrain completes its meaning by its consistent musicality. The tone of the poem is humorous and absurd and the language is grotesque and archaic. The first stanza starts by setting the scene. Nevertheless, the lyrical voice finds the dead skull more interesting than a human head.

3 thoughts on “The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers

  1. While reading the poem, we are held within a state of contradictions, beginning with this fundamental contradiction of life and death, but maintained throughout the poem.

  2. Lines Inscribed Upon a Cup Formed from a Skull. George Gordon Byron - Start not—nor deem my spirit fled: In me behold the only skull. From which .

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