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Burt Hatlen <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 16 Aug 2003 21:10:39 -0400
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Of course, Tim is right, and I was creating a false problem: the "you" of "Canzon: The Yearly Slain" is obviously Manning--Pound tells us in a headnote that the poem was written in response to a poem by Manning, and I should have taken this
statement as the answer to my question.  I guess that I was intrigued by the wider implications of the "yearly slain"--not only Kore, but also Adonis and Osiris--and wanted to find a largely mystery here.

Burt Hatlen

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>Frederic Manning maybe.
>Tim Romano
>At 01:20 PM 8/14/03, Burt Hatlen wrote:
>>Here'a a question, born out of something a little more than idle
>>curiosity: In the first poem of Canzoni, "Canzon: The Yearly Slain," EP's
>>envoy reads as follows: "Be sped, my Canzon, through the bitter air! / To
>>him who speaketh words as fair as
>>these, / Say that I also know nthe "Yearly Slain" (CEP 134). Who is the
>>fellow-poet, that EP sees as the destined audience of his canzon? I've
>>checked Jackson, Witemeyer, and Grieve, but haven't found an answer in
>>their books on the early poetry.
>>My best guess is that he's sending the poem to Ovid: see the lines from
>>the Marlowe's translation of the Amores, as quoted in the ABC of Reading:
>>"And brydes from Memnon yeerly shall be slaine." But maybe I'm missing
>>some obvious reference to a
>>classical poet who wrote about the "Yearly Slain"?
>>Burt Hatlen
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