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charles moyer <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 17 Aug 2003 06:24:28 -0400
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Far be it for this list to find a "largely mystery" anywhere. Someone might
have added Christ and Mussolini to the list. And Pound himself probably came
damn close although this list seems to manage the ritual on a regular basis.


>From: Burt Hatlen <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: the yearly slain
>Date: Sat, Aug 16, 2003, 9:10 PM

> 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
> [log in to unmask]> writes:
>>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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