THANKS: Encrypted poem
- Thanks to all who helped me to unveal the mysteries of the poet's mind,
Melvyn, Lindsay and Beata in particular!
A relaxing weekend to all....
----- Original Message -----
From: "melvyn.geo" <zehrovak@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 28, 2002 11:20 PM
Subject: [Czechlist] Re: Encrypted poem
--- In Czechlist@y..., "Lindsay Lockyer" <mail@l...> wrote:
> A strop is a leather strap used primarily for sharpening razors, so could=
> this mean a beak that is not merely sharp, but razor sharp in that it has=
> been stropped just like a razor?
I was just about to suggest the same thing myself.
> I was stupid enough to let myself talked into translating a poem.
> swoops, making the air gasp, tearing off
Hullo, I thought, Ted Hughes getting all visceral again.
> Telluric ash and *fire-spores* boil away.(spores of fire - ohnive spory??=
> like sparks?)
It's a nice image. Surely these are spores like mushroom spores
> Ground gives. The heaven's weight
> lifts up off Atlas like a kettle lid,
> (Do I understand it right the poet has the poor giant lifted by the heave=
> weight instead of being crushed? )
No. I'd say the 'off' tells us that the the heaven's weight is released and=
rises up from Atlas.
> If you are eager to see the whole of poem, go to
Link didn't work.
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