While I was contemplating playing the game last week, I read up on it a fair bit and watched quite a few videos. In doing so I read the basic strategy for this fight and so I was able to breeze through it first time. I have a feeling this would have been more puzzling than anything else, not knowing the strategy but even then I can't imagine it would have caused that much trouble.
I reached a point today where I lost a fair few souls and it really made me think about not playing it again. It's knowing that you effectively lost progress. But I did go back and was relieved the get through the area the second time. It's a weird feeling - sometimes I feel like the best part of the game is knowing I wont have to play each section again.