> So in that spirit, what are we to do with the following brief passage
> which has always so caught my attentiohn:
> Gull against the wind, in the windy straits
> Of Belle Isle, or running on the Horn,
> White feathers in the snow . . .
> (I deliberately stop short of the old man.)
> I asked this question before. Are those feathers those on the gull, or
> are they blown off a dead gull? What is the visual image here? And what
> does "against the wind" mean? Should I have cut the passage there and
> not included "or running on the Horn"? It is perhaps the most _active_
> image in the poem, but we need tonail down its _immediate_ sense before
> considering how it fits into the economyof the whole poem.
Sorry, I only have time to repost a section of what I wrote a few
days ago. I'm not sure if you missed it or are asking others for
their input as well.
... Gull against the wind, in the windy straits
Of Belle Isle, or running on the Horn,
White feathers in the snow, the Gulf claims,
Whether you fight against your life
or go with its flow
your body fails; death is its home.
[Belle Isle is located in the northern-most of
the straits where the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
empties into the Atlantic.]