Sunday, 5 April 2015

The goodly fere to this day

On this Easter Sunday, the closing lines from Ezra Pound's poem 'The Ballad of the Goodly Fere' seem appropriate:

If they think they ha’ slain our Goodly Fere
They are fools eternally.

I ha’ seen him eat o’ the honey-comb
Sin’ they nailed him to the tree.

The full text of the poem can be found at First published in 1909, it was a poem written as a deliberate contrast to the somewhat unmanly depictions of Christ that can be found in art and literature even to this day; a style that may be summed-up in the often pejoratively used phrase 'gentle Jesus meek and mild'. The title of the poem is, in effect, 'The Ballad of Our Good Mate'.