Well there is a motief of sterility that runs through thepoem.
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From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, June 09, 2007 7:25 AM
Subject: Re: The Stetson Passage in TWL
> Diana Manister wrote:
> > Nancy, the whole notion of the Fisher King is based on the
> > vegetative/fertility myth, and it's a commonplace that this comprises
> > at least one subtext of the poem. It's the Fisher King, though, not
> > the Fisher Queen, so it's a guy thing - i.e., semen. The potency of
> > the King determines the land's fertility, i.e. good crops, successful
> > planting. It's a one-to-one correspondence in the myth. Diana
> But what does all this _do_ in the poem (aside from providing filler in
> the notes and endless fodder for Notes& Queries. Rebirths are a dime a
> dozen, and fit Frye's tautological classification of stories.
> 1. Hero starts up & stays up. (Up = more or less linked to his/[her]
> 2. Hero starts up and goes down.
> 3. Hero starts down and goes up.
> 4. Hero starts down and stays down.
> I mean it's cute to talk about rebirth in commentary, then in effect do
> a close reading of one's own initial statements (male = semen), then do
> a further close reading of one's first close reading of one's first
> statement. But does it link the poem to anything that's active in the
> poem. That's how really long books about short poems get created.
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