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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.77) FOUR Mars
Planet Narnia

Michael Ward (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Lewis's earliest planetary interest inspired by Mars. Enamoured of Chaucer's knight and the chivalric ideal, Lewis fought in the First World War and addressed troops during the Second. Martial imagery of hardness, straightness, and necessity in his poetry, his scholarship, and in Out of the Silent Planet and That Hideous Strength. Mars Gradivus and Mars Silvanus provide the donegality of Prince Caspian, which is a tale of civil war and wakening woods, of discipline, order, and freedom from anxiety.

Keywords:   Mars Gradivus, Mars Silvanus, war, woods, knight, necessity, hardness, chivalric, discipline, anxiety

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