Yggdrasil: Songs of the Skald
Ranging from a polemical account of the founding of ancient Britain by the Old Syrians through to an outrageous and rollicking account of the events on the eve of the nativity, "Yggdrasil" does not skirt any sacred ground in its search for clarity amid the canonized tenets of historical dogmas. Probing the roots of Chaucerian verse and Skaldic pedagogy to dredge up a coherent modernistic sensibility, A. A. Learmont turns to ancient history to proof his calculations, all while striving to maintain a distanced objectivity--an attempt he deems impossible for any man to undertake with his boldest of declarations; namely, that "the natural state of man is hypocrisy." Ripping in his satire, Learmont's verses crush the very pillars of accepted truths and prep the foundations for original thought.
This voloume contains 26 poems with notes by the author, and 17 original illustrations, supplyin readers with a plentiful sampling of Learmont's best works composed early on in his career.