May Monster Madness Day 4-Monstrous Poetry- The Kraken


Below the thunders of the upper deep;

Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,

His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep

The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee

About his shadowy sides: above him swell

Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;

And far away into the sickly light,

From many a wondrous grot and secret cell

Unnumber’d and enormous polypi

Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.

There hath he lain for ages and will lie

Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,

Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;

Then once by man and angels to be seen,

In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die

-Alfred Lord Tennyson

The Kraken

The Kraken is a legendary sea monster that has always fascinated me. The creature is said to have originated from  sightings of giant squid. To me the Kraken is a nightmare creature of tangles and entanglement that binds us up and holds us tight, drowning us in our own thoughts and fears. To untangle oneself, one has to be still and silent- something that I struggle with on account of my anxiety and often obsessive and dark thoughts.

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For more on the Kraken (the mythological creature or the poem):

Wikipedia

Victorian Web 

Poetry Suite 101

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