On this page we explore 3 enduring themes of William's poetry using extracts from recorded conversations between himself and his friend Gordon Brown, prior to the publication of Lammas Alanna in 2000.
First is William's relationship with Christianity and the concept of the 'kingdom' and how this influenced the growth of the concept of the 'marradharma' (the spiritual teaching of the friend/lover/comrade), in his mind. Click on the button and choose number 16, 'Kingdom':
Next is the place of Goddess themes in William's poetry. This is a theme firt kindled by William's visit to Mt Abu in India during WW2. Click on the button below and choose number 17, 'The Goddess' from the jukebox menu:
Finally is a consideration of the former mining communities and the future of socialism. Click on the button below and choose number 18 from the jukebox menu:
William was also influenced by celtic art and myth. We see at the begining of the poem Arl, reference to the celtic mythological giant the Dagdar. Celtic designs were also an integral part of his illustrative work. St Cuthbert was also the last Bishop in Northumbria to practice the celtic form of christianity, until the synod of Whitby forced the Romanisation of the church. This era, with its illustrated manuscripts fascinated him and there are many references to it in his work.
We see an example of William's word art above. Although none of his work was published in this form, William liked to write his own poetry as if it were a kind of illustrated manuscript, as in this extract from St Kilda Fragments: