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Regarding the language of the  Brer Rabbit/Possum correspondence, I think what can get lost or underplayed in the scholarly apparatus is the x factor that Auden highlighted when he said that a poet is someone who likes to see words playing together. Kind of a joie de vivre thing.

KA

On Oct 11, 2015 5:21 PM, "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> On Sun, 11 Oct 2015 12:09:30 -0700, P <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
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> >Still not quite there.  Lots of animals feign inactivity. Why choose this one in particular? 
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> This one is a character in the Uncle Remus stories (Brer Possum). Pound may have liked the characters and accents and wanted to play with them. You're on the Pound list. Ask them. 
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> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Uncle_Remus_characters