Meyer Robert K GS-9 99 CES/CECT wrote:
> Marcia, I almost always read books of poetry in random sequence, the only
> exception being if I check the table of contents to find a particular poem;
> but after that, the others (going back and forward) at random. Even novels
> a lot of the time (funny how they always seem like "Slaughterhouse Five").
> End up reading my favorite parts over and over again before ever reading
> either the beginning or the end.
I have seen the subversive, and he is you, Robert.
Here's something I've posted before, but often find it provocative:
For music operates, just as narrative does, by provoking and then
resolving suspense about ‘What next?’ […] Paradise Lost, in the
reading, never or hardly ever profits by what is a fact about it as
about any poem—that it exists as a shape cut in time.
[Donald Davie, “Syntax and Music in ‘Paradise Lost’,” in _The Living
Milton_, Frank Kermode, editor, 1960 (New York: Barnes & Noble, 1968)
Does the narrative thrust of a novel not frustrate your amazing progress through
it? More, please.