Yet one more testimony to the durability of the ML. Seems they are going to dig you up again to compare you to the painting. Beware the dog.
"Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>On Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:28:38 -0400, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>The difficulty is in the category of lines from margin to margin that are
>called prose poems. But one could easily take many passages from Joyce (I
>keep using him because his writing is so musical) and set them off as poems.
>I just remembered this piece of Pater edited by Yeats. There are some who
>see the "Lady of the Rocks" in TWL as an allusion to Pater.
>The Mona Lisa and the Symbol of Ideas:
>Pater's Leda as Mother to Yeats's Helen
> by MARK JEFFREYS
> She is older than the rocks among which she sits;
> Like the vampire,
> She has been dead many times,
> And learned the secrets of the grave;
> And has been a diver in deep seas,
> And keeps their fallen day about her;
> And trafficked for strange webs with Eastern merchants:
> And, as Leda,
> Was the mother of Helen of Troy,
> And, as Saint Anne,
> The mother of Mary;
> And all this has been to her but as the sound of lyres and flutes,
> And lives
> Only in the delicacy
> With which it has moulded the changing lineaments,
> And tinged the eyelids and hands.
>THIS POEM, the first in the 1936 Oxford Book of Modern Verse was originally
>a single sentence of Walter Pater's prose, relineated as free-verse lyric by
>the anthology's editor, W. B. Yeats. Yeats lifted the sentence from Pater's
>famous homage to the Mona Lisa in the da Vinci essay of The Renaissance, and
>its curious placement at the head of a collection of modern poetry suggests
>that it either anticipated or introduced some essential quality that for
>Yeats distinguished modernity in verse. Appropriately, in his introductory
>essay to the Oxford anthology, Yeats claimed for the passage a
>"revolutionary importance" (OBMV viii).
> The purpose of this essay is to argue that the "revolutionary importance"
>of Pater's sentence was not due to its influence on modern poetry in
>general, as Yeats claimed, but to its influence on Yeats's own conception
>and use of the symbol in his poetry and poetics.
>More at Colby Quarterly, Volume 29, no.1, March 1993, p.20-32 or