[ilds] Durrell's verbal style -- some answers

slighcl slighcl at wfu.edu
Tue Jun 12 18:40:35 PDT 2007


On 6/12/2007 9:15 PM, william godshalk wrote:

> Thank you, Charles. Very nice answers. Very good.
>
> Regarding "veins," Durrell changes Eliot's "blue nailed" to "Her 
> *blue*-*veined* phthisic hands, etc. (p. 18). However, as you well 
> know, "veins" are mentioned seven times and "arteries" three times in 
> /Justine/. That's ten all together. They don't exactly "abound" here.

 From the poetry written in the same vein:

MATAPAN  [from Collected Poems: 1931-1974 (1985), Faber and Faber]

...*opened in him like a vein*, Pushed clear on the tides...

LEECHES   [from Collected Poems: 1931-1974 (1985), Faber and Faber]

...on a thigh Or *temporal vein *will settle with a sigh...

ACROPOLIS [from Collected Poems: 1931-1974 (1985), Faber and Faber]

...fresh spring *empties like a vein*    no children spit on their...

SOLANGE  [from Collected Poems: 1931-1974 (1985), Faber and Faber]

...dustbins *Needles seeking the iron vein* Astrology's damp syringe    
a woman...

SIXTIES  [from Collected Poems: 1931-1974 (1985), Faber and Faber]

...out. *A power-cut in a vein *To abruptly caption stone, And...

FACES   [from Collected Poems: 1931-1974 (1985), Faber and Faber]

...The sliding gristle, coil of *artery*: All, all, delicate, nimble, 
wired,...



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Charles L. Sligh
Department of English
Wake Forest University
slighcl at wfu.edu
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