[ilds] words written and read and shared

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Sat May 3 17:34:54 PDT 2008

Charles, this reminds me of sitting at the dinner table among polite company and forswearing to talk about religion or politics.  Behind assertions lie theories, theories shape views, and that's what I've brought up.  But if this is considered impolite, I won't pursue.

Re Keats's Grecian urn, Durrell should have gone to the British Museum and looked at the Elgin marbles, as every good school boy knows.


-----Original Message-----
>From: slighcl <slighcl at wfu.edu>
>Sent: May 3, 2008 4:46 PM
>To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] words written and read and shared
>On 5/3/2008 7:05 PM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>> Sorry, Bill, but I'm just dense.  I don't understand what you're saying or the point you're trying to make, which you don't elaborate on.  I will, however, make a wild guess loosely based on Saussure's formulation.  
>I will not speak for Bill.  But I have no need of any other source 
>beyond Lawrence Durrell and his Pursewarden for noting the severe 
>skepticism about language and meaning that run through the /Quartet/.  
>Cf. especially the posthumous reports on Pursewarden in /Balthazar 
>/regarding Pursewarden's letting the read "sink or skim" or throwing the 
>reader back upon his resources. 
>Why trot out Guy Fawkeses or bug-bears or Aunt Sally's like Saussure or 
>Barthes &c.?  No need to throw sand, I think.  Surely Durrell's works 
>provide ample evidence for us all to weigh and to consider 
>and--yes--about which to disagree.
>While at the library the other night I thought again of what you said 
>about the poet Lawrence Durrell and the poet John Keats, Bruce, and I 
>thank you for drawing my thoughts toward those two. In his essay in /The 
>Windmill /from the 1940s Durrell writes the following:
>> "Each great man builds a cocoon out his work which finally swallows 
>> not only his life but also his death.  Could Homer be anything but 
>> delighted to see Schliemann dig up his Iliad bodily out of the 
>> ground?  I have hunted through every museum in Greece looking for 
>> Keats' Grecian Urn."
>By the way, in this same essay, Durrell--or whichever persona utters 
>these gnomic "Significant Data"-like fragments--recalls another persona 
>("V.") as saying "All poetry partakes of the epitaph."  Mighty food for 
>thought in that line.
>Does anyone know if "V." refers to a particular or to an imagined someone?
>Charles L. Sligh
>Department of English
>Wake Forest University
>slighcl at wfu.edu

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