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Quote of the Week: Christopher Marlowe

Thomas_Stearns_Eliot_by_Lady_Ottoline_Morrell_(1934)Here is the epigraph T. S. Eliot chose for his poem "Portrait of a Lady":


Thou hast committed --
Fornication: but that was in another country,
And besides, the wench is dead.


from The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe (act iv, scene i). Eliot was a master at choosing epigraphs (from Shakespeare, Dante, et al) for his poems, and the lines he lifts from others are among the most memorable in "The Waste Land."  Hemingway used "In Another Country" as the title of one the best stories in Men Without Women. -- DL

June 26, 2021

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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

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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