Memory by H.P. Lovecraft
Hey, you! Thanks for stopping by. I couldn’t resist making this prose poem by H.P. Lovecraft into something pretty. It occurs to me it would make a great poster, but maybe that’s just me.
What did you think of this little vignette? I’ve been on a Lovecraft kick recently, thanks in no small part to the incredible H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast (hppodcraft.com) hosted by Chris Lackey and Chad Fifer. They now have over 350 half-hour episodes, which they have been making weekly since 2010. They worked chronologically through the entire Lovecraft ouevre, and have discussed books and stories that inspired Lovecraft since. They just completed several episodes covering Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
“Memory” was written in 1919, and seems to follow in a tradition of prose poems, especially those by Lord Dunsany, who was poetic in everything he wrote regardless of length. I hear he was primarily influenced by the King James Bible. Oscar Wilde also had a handful of beautiful prose poems. This piece has that classic Lovecraftian theme that puts humanity in perspective – we are but a fleeting race on an insignificant speck of dust, with absolutely no benevolent gods to look after us. Happy days!
Wonder of wonders, most of if not all of Lovecraft’s stories are available to read freely online. Read this story and more at hplovecraft.com.