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61 The King is accompanied by Mother Myrrh, a negress symbolising Hell. Hell is Heaven's antithesis and thus, in Williams's emerging sense of salvation through reversal, Heaven's complement. It is a state of negation so intense as to beget its opposite, just as Mother Myrrh's attack on Mary results in the Saviour's birth. She and the Third King together are another manifestation of the Skeleton. The essentially schematic nature of Williams's imagination fuses Nativity and Redemption in a single vivid piece of symbolism.
26 All Williams's work, not only in literature but also in life, was directed towards resolving that particular contradiction. III Williams continued to explore 'the Impossibility' in his biographies. Bacon appeared in 1933, and was followed over the next four years by studies of King james I, the poet Rochester, the first Queen Elizabeth, and her grandfather Henry VII. (Williams also wrote a number of shorter lives of the famous, seven of which were published in 1937 as Stories of Great Names.
15 Resting on that assumption, he could proceed to study the texts of the English poets very much as a theologian studies the text of the Bible. In The Englzsh Poetz"c Mz"nd Williams compares the treatment of the crisis by Shakespeare and Milton with that by Wordsworth and lesser poets. The crisis itself he defines as 'one common to all men; it is in a sense the only interior crisis worth talking about. It is that in which every nerve of the body, every consciousness of the mind, shrieks that something cannot be.
Charles Williams: Poet of Theology by Glen Cavaliero