[ilds] writing brings release

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Tue Sep 18 18:59:58 PDT 2007


Or not.


-----Original Message-----
>From: william godshalk <godshawl at email.uc.edu>
>Sent: Sep 18, 2007 6:17 PM
>To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: [ilds] writing brings release
>
>Okay, the monster may be a skeleton in the closet. Perhaps the image 
>does fit in though with "Cannot write." The persona can't get the 
>monster out of the closet because the persona cannot write him out. 
>Writing would bring release.
>
>
>At 08:36 PM 9/18/2007, you wrote:
>>Bill, I tend not to read Durrell's poems, on the whole, as an 
>>argument, in the same way that, say, Donne's poetry is -- with 
>>scene, speaker, and addressee, all following a certain logic.  I 
>>don't know how well Durrell was in control of his imagery and 
>>development or, indeed, how interested he was in trying to control 
>>it.  So, I don't know how worthwhile it is to say a = b = c, 
>>therefore, we end up with d.  I'd be quite happy to read the 
>>"monster in the booth" as some skeleton in Mr. Durrell's own private 
>>closet, one which he chose not to define.
>>
>>
>>Bruce
>>
>>
>>-----Original Message-----
>> >From: william godshalk <godshawl at email.uc.edu>
>> >Sent: Sep 18, 2007 2:10 PM
>> >To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>> >Subject: Re: [ilds] some random thoughts on
>> >
>> >Okay, the "pit" is a vaginal image taken with "manhair" meeting
>> >"maidenhair." And with that hint, perhaps the "axe" is phallic and
>> >the "knot" is another vaginal image. There is good Web evidence for
>> >the phallic axe. Evidence of the vagina as "knot" is less compelling.
>> >
>> >And that "monster in the booth" is a strange monster
>> >
>> >Bill
>> >
>> >
>> >At 04:43 PM 9/18/2007, you wrote:
>> >>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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