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March 15, 2009


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None of the above: AARP

Either (c) or (d) depending on whether Dante or Freud is your initial point of reference, though (f) has its attractions. Is the other side of the mirror (taine) greater than the historical vision of Taine? Or does la Can Can prevail despite der reader's disdain?

The possibilities of overlap make (h) a likely candidate. Not that "war is hell," but the idea that Dante could stand off to one side and comment on it as Freud did though he died within a month of its official opening.
PS The question has more to do with Renan than with Hippolyte Taine.

What about Chant 11 in "Song of Myself," where the woman in the fine house hides and peeks out of the blinds at the 28 naked young men swimming?

Is it really in stanza 14 of his Freud elegy that Auden puts Dante? And is that number as significant as the unusual syllabic pattern he chose for the poem? What was it again? 11 syllables in each stanza's first line?

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"After You've Gone"
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as I enter
in the dark

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