[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 105, Issue 6

Sumantra Nag sumantranag at gmail.com
Thu Jan 7 20:41:51 PST 2016

Durrell's poetry could do with some  analysis on ILDS.

I think it was in a letter to Henry Miller that Durrell himself first
referred to his composition of Justine as a prose poem.


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Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2016 11:50:54 -0800
From: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
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Subject: Re: [ilds] Durrell as poet
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I don't think Durrell was being disingenuous.  He would prefer, I think,
being known as a poet.  Poetry, after all, is by far the older and higher
calling.  Plagiarism might be a test of this.  I don't detect plagiarism in
his poetry.  He may revise, rework, and exceed his predecessors.  But I
don't see him engaged in wholesale theft, as occasioned in his prose.  I
think he considered poetry too sacred.  Harold Bloom talks about this in
his "Anxiety of Influence," although he would surely not consider Durrell a
"strong poet."  You're right--Durrell's poetry deserves "deep study."  I
find it very mysterious.

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