On 10/20/2011 8:37 PM, Peter Dillane wrote:
> Thanks Ken,
> I suppose I feel that regardless of the glosses I have heard I find a kind
> of unpleasant edge to that line
I agree and think it is here and in Burbank intended as such. How
should a believing Christian present this central fact of his religion
at just this time (the declining, decaying, decadent end of a
multicentury culture and tradition) in just these circumstances (the age
> with its stops on the palatal consonants
> which are hard abrupt sounds and I take the line to be antipathetic at some
> level. So I am wondering if the image is in the mind what intellectual
> process would bring one to the word "squat" much in the way "perches' would
> be gentler and sentimental or patronising if it were metrically acceptable
> etc etc.
Agree again; only a line by line word by word, stanza by stanza
probing of the poem will bring to light any answers worth having.