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Peake, Mervyn - To All things solid as to All Things Flat

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004530

Type of Spiritual Experience

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A description of the experience

Mervyn Peake – from Collected Poems
To All things solid as to All Things Flat

To all things solid as to all things flat
He raised his little peacock coloured hat
 
To all things lucent as to all things dense
He bowed his little head in deference

To all things coloured as to things of grey
He turned and smiled in a most gentle way

But, ah, at all things white …. at all things white
He could but stand and stare in grief's delight.

White wonderment upon him and within
That filled him to his cold and wrinkled skin

That was his hour, his phoenix hour, his world
When all his flags of beauty were unfurled

Inhuman ecstasy of chill delight
Unworldly, lonely agony of white;

The white flower in the field, the white mane blowing
The white cloud over the white waters flowing

All things of white transported him to where
Long wings of crystal beat on stainless air. 

The source of the experience

Peake, Mervyn

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Light

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Light

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Nervous breakdown

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