[Milton-L] Re: Thank you all very sincerely

Arnold, Margaret mjarnold at ku.edu
Tue Jan 19 13:15:53 EST 2010

Thank you, Carol.  You express our gratitude to John so well.


From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu on behalf of Carol Barton
Sent: Mon 1/18/2010 5:33 PM
To: Milton-L
Subject: [Milton-L] Re: Thank you all very sincerely

I have only just seen the most gracious note from John T. Shawcross, below. I am heartened and relieved to know that John is ever and always still sending out filaments, and invite anyone who would like to see his comments on Whitman's "Noiseless Patient Spider" and its relationship to Hart Crane's "Cape Hatteras" to read his essay in the short-lived Hart Crane Newsletter (Fall 1977) entitled, "A Note on 'The Bridge'." Some have called "Hatteras" Crane's love-poem to Whitman. "Spider" is my (appropriated) love-poem to John, whose impact on my life, and on so many lives, has been immeasurable.
Like Whitman's arachnid and Chaucer's Clerke, Professor Shawcross has devoted his incredible energies to reaching out to and enriching others, not only in academe, but in a thousand different venues, and more Miltonists are forever indebted to him than most people recognize. Whitman's poem and Chaucer's line "And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche" will always be synonymous with "John T. Shawcross" in my mind and heart, as I know they will to be so many of you.
Keep fighting the good fight, John, and God speed. We will not see your like again.
With honest affection,

Dear Fellow Miltonists,

Thank you all most sincerely for your kind wishes. It has been a most 
trying year. I feel fine, but the prognosis is
negative and timing is uncertain. I try to follow doctors' orders, 
and I am certainly eating a tremendous amount, three
times a day. Yet I have not put on weight, and I suppose it's the 
metabolism that is way down. For I am extremely
thin. I try to keep up with your publications and am most pleased to 
see so many investigations and so many
significant explorations of meaning in Milton's works which appear on 
the Milton-L.
I am most appreciative for and humbled by Carol Barton's citation of 
Whitman's "Noiseless Spider" (though amazed
that it is not well known by Miltonists, apparently): I feel sure 
that Carol knows my discussion of the poem and
it's application to a poem by Hart Crane).
I do try to keep up with things like MQ and MS as well as your e- 
mails. And I try to respond to the latter, if there
is something that I might contribute, and I intend trying to continue 
doing so. I find it a bit difficult to get into
some matters that are raised (I have almost no books with me because 
of the need for downsizing), and
so have not recently shown such continued interest, but I shall try 
to do a better job of reacting to your very
useful e-mails if there is anything to cntribute. It's just that I 
have so much to take care of each day; most
of which I have not expected.
Again, thank you all most sincerely. I find it very gratifying to 
think of items that get raised by our diverse
group, as I'm sure you do too.
Sincerely, dear friends,


What monstrosities would walk the streets were some people's faces as unfinished as their minds. -Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983) 

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