[ilds] Tree of Idleness

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Sat Jul 21 15:12:52 PDT 2007

There are certainly poems of Durrell's where there must have been on 
his part no expectation of decryption.  Mythologies is an example, 
which I have partly decrypted in my book Alexandria: City of Memory, 
but only because I had a few biographical keys.  These closed coded 
poems are I suspect intensely personal and speak of wounds and hurt; 
but Durrell speaks them only to himself, leaving the reader with 
intriguing but indecipherable phrases.  The Tree of Idleness can, I 
believe, be further illuminated by biographical knowledge.


On Saturday, July 21, 2007, at 10:29  pm, Bruce Redwine wrote:

> Obviously, Durrell knew his Sappho, but what seems to appeal to him is 
> their fragmentary nature -- his syntax and imagery have the same 
> disjunctiveness as her fragments, which makes his poetry so difficult 
> to interpret (indeed, I sometimes wonder if decryption is possible).

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