[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 97, Issue 6

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Thu May 7 11:55:38 PDT 2015

As Sumantra notes, not enough attention is paid to Durrell's poetry (probably because of its difficulty).  In the current issue of Deus Loci, Clive Scott has interesting things to say about Durrell's poetics.  Michael Diboll in his book says good things about the connections between the poetry and the Quartet.  I believe Durrell considered his poetry the "higher calling."


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> On May 7, 2015, at 10:24 AM, Sumantra Nag <sumantranag at gmail.com> wrote:
> 'How many several small forevers
> Whispered in the rind of the ear
> Melissa, by this Mediterranean sea-edge, 
> Captured and told? 
> How many additions to the total silence?'
> I know the ILDS discussion forum is not prone to discussing Durrell's poetry in terms of detailed context.
> But lines such as these from his poetry surely have an organic link with the Alexandria Quartet, and attempts to address these lines might be rewarding in its own way.
> Durrell has mentioned Melissa more than once in his poems and Clea at least once,  but never Justine.
> Sumantra
> Sent from my Samsung Tab
>> On 7 May 2015 21:35, "Sumantra Nag" <sumantranag at gmail.com> wrote:
>> "The heart must be very old to feel so young."
>> Do you think Lawrence Durrell has got something here?
>> Sumantra
>> Sent from my Asus Zenfone
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