In a message dated 2/11/2003 1:37:37 AM Eastern Standard Time, [log in to unmask] writes:
> Lines39/40 I was neither living nor dying obviously reflect
> the the sybil and the state of the fisher king.
> The wound comes from light. Tiresias is blinded.
> Yes? No?
Possibly, but I favor this analysis from P.K. Saha:
"I was neither / Living nor dead" is the exact equivalent of
"lo non mori,
e non rimasi vivo" (Inferno, XXXIV, 25).
The Italian line represents Dante's sense of fear and paralysis when he sees Lucifer.
-- Steve -