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Planet NarniaThe Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis$
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Michael Ward

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313871

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313871.001.0001

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(p.190) NINE Saturn
Planet Narnia

Michael Ward (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

For the Augustans, Saturn was god of the Golden Age, and in that form he appears in certain of Lewis's early works. Soon, however, Lewis adopted the later Infortuna Major version of Saturn, treating him in scholarship (where he is particularly associated with Donne), poetry, and That Hideous Strength. This grim and sour Saturn, also known as Father Time, provides the donegality of The Last Battle, a story of sorrow, disaster, treachery, coldness, ugliness, and death. But Lewis's cosmos turns out not to be Saturnocentric. For those who become patient of Saturnine constellation, who endure the cry of dereliction and become true contemplatives, there was a road to tread ‘beyond the tower of Kronos’.

Keywords:   Kronos, Father Time, disaster, contemplatives, cry of dereliction, death coldness, sorrow, Donne, Saturnocentric

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