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June 03, 2012


Wilfred Owen, officer in the British Army during WWII and poet. Killed in on Nov 4, 1918, one week before the Armistice. Connection to "The Great War and Modern Memory" by the late Mr. Fussell, see any of Owen's poems, almost all of which employ irony, especially "Dulce et Decorum Est," which challenges, by describing in vivid and gruesome detail the death of a man by poison gas, "the old lie" that dying for one's country in war is "sweet and proper."

I freakin' LOVE this piece. (I also love LO.)

1a, 2c?, 3e (5).

LO loves Jim C, too. ;)

Thank you all. Marissa you are right about #1 -- it was an economist in the Wash Post. About whom was Hemingway thinking when he defined critics as "men who watch a battle from a high place, then come down and shoot the survivors," I don't know, but I did read an interview with Hem in which he referred to his academic biographer Baker as "Carlos Asshole," and I liked listing Hem's four waves in (e). The answer to 3 is both d and e. LO is right. JC is right. Duke Ellington to was right in signing off with, "I love you madly." -- DL

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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