[ilds] DG Bitter Lemons -- Coleridge

slighcl slighcl at wfu.edu
Thu Jul 5 17:51:47 PDT 2007

On 7/5/2007 8:37 PM, william godshalk wrote:

>"Apparently the hotel was to be an echo of Coleridge" (last page of 
>"Towards an Eastern Landfall.")
>I assume it's the word "Dome" that sets off the echo. But why does 
>Durrell mention it?
The effect is comic, the stuff of /bathos/.

        "Within the hour," he said, you will arrive at the Dome." 
        Swiftly and expressively his hand built up a series of belfries
        and cupolas, of towers and turrets.  Apparently the hotel was to
        be an echo of Coleridge.

Think of the driver's /ouzo/-induced enthusiasm, and then follow with:

        Beware ! Beware !
        His flashing eyes, his floating hair !
        Weave a circle round him thrice,
        And close your eyes with holy dread,
        For he on honey-dew hath fed,
        And drunk the milk of Paradise.

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

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