Untitled Poem by Crowley

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Untitled Poem by Crowley

Post by Hytegia » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:44 pm

This Poem is the opening to Crowley's poem KNOX OM PAX, and is in the Counter-Dedication (yes, Crowley had many counter-dedications to his books, indicating that the book was there to enlighten people, even though he didn't care what they did with his books anyways). It's a good view on his outlook on people that wouldn't accept other forms of knowledge, and only followed one single truth (in the case "empty headed Athenians" may refer to Christians or all of conformed reality as a whole). Or it could be Britan as a whole that was entirely Christian at the time and strove to run him out by any means necessary.
I now give you the Untitled poem by Aleister Crowley.

St. Paul spoke up on the Hill of Mars
To the empty-headed Athenians;
But I would rather talk to the stars

Than to empty-headed Athenians;
It’s only too easy to form a cult,
To cry a crusade with “Deus Vult”—
But you won’t get much of a good result

From empty-headed Athenians.
The people of London much resemble
Those empty-headed Athenians.
I could very easily make them tremble,

Those empty-headed Athenians.
A pinch of Bible, a gallon of gas,
And I, or any otherguess ass,
Could bring to our mystical moonlight mass

Those empty-headed Athenians.
In fine, I have precious little use
For empty-headed Athenians.
The birds I have snared shall all go loose;

They are empty-headed Athenians.
I thought perhaps I might do some good;
But it’s ten to one if I ever should—
And I doubt if I would save, if I could,

Such empty-headed Athenians.
So (with any luck) I shall bid farewell
To the empty-headed Athenians.
For me, they may all of them go to hell,

For empty-headed Athenians.
I hate your idiot jolts and jars,
You monkeys grinning behind your bars—
I’m more at home with the winds and stars

Than with empty-headed Athenians.

-The Counter-Dedication to KNOX OM PAX,
a Book by Aleister Crowley
(To Humor the System) (c) 1907
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Re: Untitled Poem by Crowley

Post by runewulf » Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:15 pm

Please inclue the copyright information from the book as this is from a published work.

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Re: Untitled Poem by Crowley

Post by Hytegia » Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:00 am

:/
I said who wrote it, and what book it was from. It's not like we're going to get bum-rushed by a gestapo simply because I forgot to put a (c) 1907 in there. :/
Anyways, standard English procedures usually call for a Poem excerpt to be quoted in Italics with the excerpt title Underlined and the Author (as is on book. I like to put the ACTUAL author's name in Parenthesis beside it) to be written beneath... Or I made it up because I was too high to memorize the MLAA format book which is almost 100 or so useless pages of how to "properly write."

In my oppinion, "Proper" standards are halting the Writing world from evolving. I'm sure Shakspeare, Poe, Crowley, Mark Twain (especially Twain), or Stephen King never flipped to page 16 of the MLAA handbook to see if theirs was "acceptable." :/ Infact, I doubt anyone really does.
In conclusion: The MLAA Format handbook is a neat paperweight and nothing-

...
DAMMIT I'M DOING IT AGAIN.
*Facepalm*

Well, I'm going to change that now.
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Re: Untitled Poem by Crowley

Post by Kystar » Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:18 am

However, the MLAA handbook is usually a good guide for quoting someone ELSE'S work when you're using it in another format.

No, those famous authors probably took that with a grain of salt. When I write my original stuff, I'm usually focusing on what I call "Logical Grammar"...but that's not the issue here.

If you're going to post something previously published on an international forum that could come under scrutiny from various countries' copywrite laws, at least be nice enough to your fellow users to disclaimer it properly. The last thing any of us need is to be accused of any sort of shady shoz when we're just trying to go contact ppl with similar thoughts about life.
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Re: Untitled Poem by Crowley

Post by Hytegia » Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:52 pm

Yea, good point. I forgot that it's an international Forum.
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Well, it's a good poem, no?
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Re: Untitled Poem by Crowley

Post by white_harmony » Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:05 pm

It is a good poem :-D

And yes, we are quite international lol. We used to have (I don't know if we still do, many have journeyed onto elsewhere) Brits, Germans, and a few others, as well as Arcanum Owl and myself being Aussie (used to have more Aussies too ... But they've moved on as well).
Hytegia wrote:(To Humor the System) (c) 1907
But please, don't humour the system. It is a simple courtesy, not to the system, but to the publishers and writers of such things that are quoted and/or used on here in full. Copyright infringement laws being as they are these days ... It's safer to just use the copyright information, not only to protect the boards and its members, but to also show us exactly which copy you've used of any given text. It's a handy thing to have if something was quoted partially, and someone decided they want to read more than just an excerpt from a book :-D
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Re: Untitled Poem by Crowley

Post by Hytegia » Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:03 am

I was talking about Humoring the Copywrite system.
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