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From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 5:11 PM
Subject: Re: Of "awful daring"
> Even in overtly biographical poems biographical facts vary in their
> There is a disgust weaving its way through TWL which is much better
> recognized and understood in the light of fairly well known biographical
> material. And commentary on the poem needs to recognize that.
> But the situation is different with the awful daring lines. They
> immediately follow the first speaking of the thunder, and _in_ the poem,
> they are as I suggested earlier an abstract proposition about human
> experience -- about the human condition as it were. ("Abstract" is not a
> dirty word in my critical vocabulary.) Probably the lines have a
> biographical reference -- _but it is not relevant_ here, and to focus
> here on hunting for such a referent (the particular event obviously not
> obvious) distracts from the real power of the lines as an abstract
> statement forming part of the whole web of relations which constitute
> the poem.
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