As I remember it, E. suffered from writer's block,
went into a state of breakdown, spewed out a massive
vomit from his soul, dumped it all on Pound and
left town. So I'm not sure we can say he did much
deliberately until it came to the editing process
in which there was the influence of Viv, but
really it is Pound isolating his favourite bits
and dumping the rest. So can one say E. did anything
on purpose in TWL?
From: Rickard A. Parker [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, November 06, 2002 2:16 PM
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Subject: Re: Love at first? sight
Marcia Karp wrote:
> Why do you say Dido and Aeneas fall instantly in love? He doesn't.
Yes I know (and knew). I didn't feel like writing a paragraph on each case.
And we don't really know if the hyacinth girl fell in love either.
> And she doesn't love him until Cupid takes the place of Ascanius.
> While this is soon after they meet, remember that time is compressed
> in the Aeneid and other epics. In any event, it is not instant love.
I believe it is instant after the the magic. Again, I really wanted to
point out places where instant love can be thought to be happening and
to leave the details for others to search for if they had the interest.
I also threw in Acteon/Diana as a POSSIBLE case of being smitten by love.
That would only have been on Acteon's part of course and maybe he was
smitten with lust or a sense of sublime beauty. It depends on how nit-picky
you want to get in examining the poem.
Do you think that (a) the instant love angle may have been put into TWL
on purpose? (b) that it is circumstantial--pick enough myths and they will
have something in common? (c) That I'm seeing things that aren't there?
(d) None of the above (e) all of the above (f) more than one of the above
(but excluding d and e except on the first Tuesday following the first
Monday in November)?