REH Word of the Week: Elder Gods-Apes Essay

noun1. a type of animal (such as a chimpanzee or gorilla) that is closely related to monkeys and humans and that is covered in hair and has no tail or a very short tail[origin: before 12th century; Middle English, from Old English apa; akin to Old High German affo apeHOWARD’S USAGE:Where the jungle lies dank, exudingThe vapory swampland muskLurk the old ape-gods broodingIn the dim, shade-haunted dusk.They dream through the jungle gloamingOf the days of the claw and tooth,When the whole world knew their roaming,When the world was strange with youth.…..When the wind sighs over the meadowsIts haunting melody bringsA tale through the jungle shadowsOf an age when the gods were kings.

[from “When the Gods Were Kings“; to read the complete poem see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 314; Night Images, p. 90; Robert E. Howard Selected Poems, p. 291]

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