I'm not sure why Tim asked me if I have anything to add to his
posting on salamanders, but a ham can never resist an invitation to get
on stage. I'm blessed if I know what pertinence it has, but Keat's Lamia
poem is about the role of the sorcerer, Apollonius of Tyana, in
assisting the Lamia (serpent) to seduce Isabella -- no doubt with nods to
_Genesis_ and _Paradise Lost_. Poundians will know that Apollonius is a
hero of the later cantos, though the serpentine connection is not mentioned.
Pound is more turned on by Dionysian beasts -- leopards especially.
There is, a Pound list, to which I subscribe, but I haven't
memorized the address. It's Paideuma something or other, I think. I'm
sorry to say that I will not be at the Chicago MLA.
Leon Surette Email: [log in to unmask]
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