[Milton-L] Health Comes First

jonnyangel junkopardner at comcast.net
Fri Apr 10 19:52:03 EDT 2009


Yeah, I clicked the link when I first read it. I just tried to reply with a
comedic abstract of a poem I¹m going to write about Milton and V. Woolf.

Shalom, 

J


On 4/10/09 5:16 PM, "Horace Jeffery Hodges" <jefferyhodges at yahoo.com> wrote:

> I probably ought to have given the background to my joke first. An article of
> mine on Don Quixote will be published by the Cervantes Society of America,
> probably in autumn 2009. Of course, that also has nothing to do with Milton.
>  
> The abstract is below.
>  
> Jeffery Hodges
>  
> http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/2009/04/holy-moley-don-quixotes-significa
> nt.html
>  
> "Holy Moley: Don Quixote¹s Significant Señal"
>  
> Cervantes is known for using strong irony in his novel Don Quixote to satirize
> and ridicule various figures. In a famous scene in which a lady in distress
> named Dorothea describes a certain mole to be found as the identifying mark on
> the back of the hero who will free her father's kingdom from a fierce giant,
> Don Quixote is revealed to have precisely that sort of mole . . . more or
> less. As early as 1777, John Bowle noted the parallel to the story of the
> Muslim conqueror Tarif, who was identified by the presence of a mole on his
> right shoulder as the man who would conquer Spain. This tale of Tarif had been
> related in Miguel de Luna's True History of Don Rodrigo (Historia verdadera
> del Rey Don Rodrigo), published shortly before the publication of Don Quixote
> and was surely known by Cervantes. Separately, Mercedes García-Arenal has
> recently noted the parallel between the Tarif story in Luna's True History and
> the qisas al-anbiya', i.e., "Stories of the Prophets," adapted from the
> Qur'an. The specific connection lies in the special mark of the Muslim Prophet
> Muhammad, a 'mole' on his back, which identified him as the "seal of the
> prophets." Interestingly, Cervantes seems to adapt his passage concerning the
> revelation of Quixote's mole more closely to the 'mole' of Muhammad, thereby
> raising the question as to whether or not Cervantes intended to implicitly
> ridicule Muhammad. The article broaches the answer to this question.
>  
> 
> --- On Fri, 4/10/09, jonnyangel <junkopardner at comcast.net> wrote:
>> 
>> From: jonnyangel <junkopardner at comcast.net>
>> Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Health Comes First
>> To: "John Milton Discussion List" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
>> Date: Friday, April 10, 2009, 6:32 AM
>> 
>> Believe it or not, but my health doesn¹t come before Milton.
>> If a medical professional told me that I had to quit reading Milton or I
>> would wind up on a hospice bed that I would never get out of,
>> I would choose Milton. But then you would say I made that choice because I
>> wasn¹t in my right mind, or that I was suicidal -
>> effectively stealing all of Milton¹s thunder and my passion for the sound of
>> his thunder. 
>> And when the thunder that you¹ve stolen eventually fades into silence,
>> listen closely, and you will hear the faint splash of Virginia Woolf jumping
>> into the dark water
>> with nothing in her pockets but a rock heavier than your struggle to survive.
>> 
>> 
>> Raising a glass to your health,
>> 
>> J
>> 
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>> On 4/10/09 5:48 AM, "Horace Jeffery Hodges" <jefferyhodges at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> Milton is important . . . but health comes first:
>>>  
>>> http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/2009/04/health-reminder-changes-in-appe
>>> arance.html
>>>  
>>> Apologies for the interruption.
>>>  
>>> Jeffery Hodges
>>> 
>>> 
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