[ilds] DG Bitter Lemons -- Coleridge

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Thu Jul 5 19:02:59 PDT 2007


I prefer flying on the back of a corvo.

Bruce

-----Original Message-----
>From: Michael Haag <michaelhaag at btinternet.com>
>Sent: Jul 5, 2007 6:58 PM
>To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] DG Bitter Lemons -- Coleridge
>
>Frederick Rolfe, Baron Corvo, The Quest for Corvo.
>
>:Michael
>
>
>On Friday, July 6, 2007, at 02:50  am, Bruce Redwine 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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