[ilds] The Tree of Idleness

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Thu Jul 19 12:18:49 PDT 2007

I do agree that 'I suppose', the way it hangs there at the end of that 
line, has the effect of making one think about Durrell thinking of his 
death, not just in that house, that village.  I wonder if the initial 
statement, 'I shall die some day, I suppose', is not the voice of the 
reluctant child, while 'in this old Turkish house I inhabit' is the 
voice of acceptance.  In any case there certainly can be layered 
readings, and the poem is better for that.


On Thursday, July 19, 2007, at 05:46  pm, James Gifford wrote:

> I must admit that my love of poetry dwells on its ability to mean more
> than one thing, and that's how I read the "suppose" of that first line.
> Its grammatical function in the sentence is clear, but why give the
> delay of the line break (for the eye if not the ear, I suppose),
> allowing the reader to have something more from one reading. 

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