[ilds] Comments on some borrowings

slighcl slighcl at wfu.edu
Sat Jun 2 12:02:50 PDT 2007



On 6/2/2007 2:41 PM, william godshalk wrote:

> And why this exclamation: "Alas for such hopes!" 

Given the associative context, I hear Durrell returning to Cavafy's "The 
God Abandons Antony":

        Your fortunes having failed you now,
        *Hopes gone aground*, a lifetime of desires
        Turned into smoke.

An allusion allowed, I think, between poet and reader or poet and poet.

Charles

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