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Thursday, May 21, 2009

There Was A Country From Nantucket...

Consider this: http://poemsandpoetics.blogspot.com/2009/05/reconfiguring-romanticism-27-david.html POEMS & POETICS In addition to our fond visions of "the city on the hill", we see America as a sailing vessel, the Pequod, to be exact: ...the grotesque of the democracy similar to the description of the Pequod... “A cannibal craft, tricking herself forth in the chased bones of her enemies…” where "chased" mean - I think without looking it up - worked and cleaned and set within a setting, as well as "chased after". "Tricking" could also have more than one meaning.

2 comments:

Baysage said...

It's a very cool line.

Montag said...

Yes. Melville goes about, gathering up large piles of driftwood and facts, them sets a bonfire!