[Milton-L] Queering Milton

Nancy Charlton nbcharlton at comcast.net
Wed Jan 27 14:33:12 EST 2010

I thought immediately of Frost:

    My little horse must think it queer
    To stop without a farmhouse near
    Between the woods and frozen lake
    The darkest evening of the year.

Set this over against the Piet Hein poem that Carol quotes and your have 
an unexpected--and farfetched--gloss on the whole Miltonic concept of 
darkness visible.

Nancy Charlton

John Hale wrote:
> To "queer someone's pitch" = to obstruct them, "snooker" them.
> Quoting Carol Barton <cbartonphd1 at verizon.net>:
>   *
> John, I don't know where I first heard it, but the expression
> "queering the deal" is fairly common. The usage is essentially the
> same--something on the order of "screwing it up."
> Best to all,
> Carol Barton, Ph.D.
> Sometimes, exhausted
> with toil and endeavour,
> I wish I could sleep
> for ever and ever;
> but then this reflection
> my longing allays:
> I shall be doing it
> one of these days.
> ---Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996)---

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