Unrelated to nothing in particular, I spent the past week reading Durrell,
Graves, and Roethke--encountering, in the process, a batch of letters from
Durrell to TSE, 1937-1950, published in TWENTIETH CENTURY LITERATURE.

[If someone wd like a more specific reference, I could look this stuff up in
the MLA Bibliography at the LoC next week--]

It seems to me that, of the three, so arbitrarily chosen, Roethke was the
"strongest" poet, whatever that term stands for--but I admit to having been
moved by two lines in Durrell's "Conan in Alexandria":

"Partings like these are lucky.  At least they wound."
and "Music is only love, looking for words."

This, for reasons I can't quite explain, connects in my head with a
statement made by Borges in his "This Craft of Verse":
" ...books are only occasions for poetry."

Regards to all,


----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Montgomery" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2003 3:26 PM
Subject: Re: OT : Idiomatic usage of the word 'blinding'

> In Hebrew culture/literature there is a saying
> to the effect that if one sees God one will die.
> That is why only Moses went up the mountain to see God,
> and Moses, or Moshe as he is sometimes called, was so
> radiant when he returned, people were afraid to look
> at him. The sun's light is very creative (photosynthesis)
> but one is blinded if one looks at the sun.
> It is a paradox.
> See Dylan Thomas' poem "Do not go gentle into that good night"
> He has a line in there that goes something like,
> "Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight..."
> Cheers,
> Peter
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vishvesh Obla
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: 10/18/03 7:30 AM
> Subject: OT : Idiomatic usage of the word 'blinding'
> "There are a few lamentable misses. XXX is undoubtedly
> one of brightest stars of the Tamil firmament. His
> creative energy is blinding and his versatility
> astounding. To top them, he has this irrepressible
> urge to tell the reader what he has stumbled upon. And
> he usually stumbles upon interesting things..."
> I am curious about the usage of the word 'blinding' in
> the above passage.  I see from dictionaries that it is
> occasionally used for referring to anything dazzling
> (and so seems to have a positive connotation), but
> this word has always carried a negative connotation to
> me.  I would appreciate if someone can let me know the
> exact idiomatic usage of the word 'blinding'.
> Thank you,
> vishvesh
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