[Milton-L] Poetry Daily

Horace Jeffery Hodges jefferyhodges at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 22 16:18:40 EDT 2011

Interesting that the poet wanted to lengthen "long" with a double "n" rather 
than a double "o" . . . and just because of Milton's "dimm"-ness? Or would 
"lonng" seem longer than "loong"? (Or rather, "lo-ong"?)

Jeffery Hodges

From: Nancy Charlton <nbcharlton at comcast.net>
To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Sent: Thu, June 23, 2011 3:39:32 AM
Subject: [Milton-L] Poetry Daily

Forgive the violation of the one-a-day rule, but I thought you'd all enjoy this 
poem by Mark Doty. By weaving an account dreadful happening with a mythology, it 
creates a worthwhile subjective spin that redeems the dreadfulness.  And 
incidentally, employs an unusual Milton reference:

. . . (I want to spell long   
with two n's, as Milton spelled 
dim with a double m 
to intensify the gloom of hell) 

Nancy Charlton
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