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Ikon: The Harrowing Of Hell

Rating: 2.8
Down through the tomb's inward arch
He has shouldered out into Limbo
to gather them, dazed, from dreamless slumber:
the merciful dead, the prophets,
the innocents just His own age and those
unnumbered others waiting here
unaware, in an endless void He is ending
now, stooping to tug at their hands,
to pull them from their sarcophagi,
dazzled, almost unwilling. Didmas,
neighbor in death, Golgotha dust
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Susan Williams 22 December 2015
This is the long dark day in which Jesus, having been crucified, descends to the dead in Hell to call them up to Heaven. The Bible doesn't give any details about how this took place but Levertov gives it a powerful try using powerful, elemental images about death and life, of spirit and flesh.
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