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such. Both are relics of pagan ritual con-
cerned with fertility and the continuity of
the seasons.
Information on all this is readily acces-
sible. The poem which follows, with its
setting, is an attempt to recapture imagin-
atively something of the subjective exper-
ience of an original ""serious Fool"", or pag-
an officiant, as he passed through the var-
ious stages of the rite which involved his
""death"" and ""resurrection"".