[ilds] DG Bitter Lemons -- Coleridge

william godshalk godshawl at email.uc.edu
Thu Jul 5 18:56:16 PDT 2007


Bruce, it's a literary allusion which Charlie will explain -- because 
he knows more than I do about Corvo. The New York Review of Books 
Editions will provide you with hardcopy.

Bill


At 09:50 PM 7/5/2007, you wrote:
>"Kubla Khan," l. 1:  "In Xanadu did Kubla Khan / A stately pleasure 
>dome decree."  The allusion doesn't work for me, unless taken 
>ironically, i.e., the final outcome being anything but.
>
>Another hard nut:  "or on that of a Corvo, flitting like some huge 
>fruit-bat down these light-bewitched alleys. . . . "  What's going 
>on here?  Italian "corvo" = crow, raven.  Why the capital C?  Is it 
>a place name?  Or is Durrell or Stendhal or both on the back of a 
>crow flitting through the back alleys of Venice, prefiguring the 
>Lord of the Rings?
>
>Bruce
>
>-----Original Message-----
> >From: william godshalk <godshawl at email.uc.edu>
> >Sent: Jul 5, 2007 5:37 PM
> >To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> >Subject: [ilds] DG Bitter Lemons -- Coleridge
> >
> >"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?
> >
> >Bill
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