[ilds] some random thoughts on

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Tue Sep 18 13:43:27 PDT 2007


Bill, yes, and I'd give a sexual meaning to "pit," strengthened by all the references to pubic hair.  I also see Donne here, his religiosity, and the alliance of death and sex, i.e., the propensity to play on "petite mort."  Durrell is dark.

Bruce


-----Original Message-----
>From: william godshalk <godshawl at email.uc.edu>
>Sent: Sep 18, 2007 12:26 PM
>To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] some random thoughts on "Paris Journal."
>
>Bruce,
>
>Thanks for the good words. But there are images to think about and interpret.
>
>I know this is much like Freudian free association, but it is fun -- I think.
>
>What can we make of "By the deviation of a hair, / Is death so far, 
>so far, no further"? Does he mean that death is quite close? Only a 
>hair between us and the pit?
>
>Speculatively, Bill
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