Saturday, 7 May 2016
Pathetic Fallacy And Pagan Experience
"It whispered, the breeze..." (Gallicenae, p. 170)
Literally whispered? In an unknown language? ("Old man river...")
"It stirred, the sea, in low waves that somehow moved as one, like a single huge being gently breathing in its sleep." (ibid.)
To the Ysans, the sea and their Sea God are one - a single Being.
Gratillonius, inwardly forswearing the Ysan Gods, has defeated but refused to kill a challenger. Waves crash against the sea wall and:
"Their sound went undergroundishly through the whole city, as if earth responded to that anger." (p. 192)
Literal anger. Does the sea sound angry or is the Sea God really angry? There is no difference.
"Starless dark engulfed heaven..." (ibid.)
The Goddess who is Star of the Sea is not visible, has turned away.