[Milton-L] Poetry Daily

Nancy Charlton nbcharlton at comcast.net
Wed Jun 22 17:05:35 EDT 2011


"Loong" perhaps would be too jokey, as the association would be 
with "loon" or "loony" or even "loo" -- hardly the gravitas 
appropriate to the poem, even with its light touch.  Or perhaps 
the nasal "nng" is more analogous to the "mm" of "dimm" with or 
without the "ness."

Nancy Charlton

On 6/22/2011 1:18 PM, Horace Jeffery Hodges wrote:
> 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
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> *From:* Nancy Charlton <nbcharlton at comcast.net>
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> *Sent:* Thu, June 23, 2011 3:39:32 AM
> *Subject:* [Milton-L] Poetry Daily
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> 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:
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> . . . (I want to spell /long/
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> with two n's, as Milton spelled
> /dim/ with a double m
> to intensify the gloom of hell)
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> http://poems.com/poem.php?date=15148
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> Nancy Charlton
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