Explication des postes (:D)
After providing a chronology of prominent early heavy metal bands and influencers, I was thinking about poets who also produced heavy, moving, and melodic work, albeit without a backing band.
The first poem that came to mind, for whatever reason, was "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night" - Dylan Thomas - a Welshman, or by extension a Celtic Briton. In any case, the poem rocks: Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
The second piece, dating back to 700-1000 AD in oral tradition and circa 975 AD in written form, was Beowulf. The except here was translated by Seamus Heaney, the Irish (Gaelic) poet - one of my favorites for his own work too.
Naturally Beowulf has it all: monsters, battles, kings, queens, faithful warriors, and big barrels of mead in great halls. Metal Heaven.
The third piece, which I was thinking of anyway, but even more so when Cuchulainn mentioned Paris (interesting serendipity), is from the book Fleurs du Mal (Flowers of Evil) by Charles Baudelaire.
He was more of a Goth than a Metalhead, but with his blend of melancholia, eloquent art, beautiful women, and serious use of narcotics, he set a standard for decades of rock stars to come.
There was a special video feature tucked in there too. After all the talk about veggie and vegan lately, I really wonder - if the man who is reciting Beowulf in such a lyrical and heavily accented way should request Roast Boar on a spit for dinner, what would one do?