[Milton-L] Poetry Daily

Nancy Charlton nbcharlton at comcast.net
Wed Jun 22 18:11:02 EDT 2011


The
lonng" business , within the poem, serves to bring out the long 
legs, the gangliness and potential power of the youth when he 
matures.  It also gives the poet a chance to infer a similarity 
between the hospital room and Hell.

Nancy


On 6/22/2011 2:37 PM, Hannibal Hamlin wrote:
> Isn't "long" already plenty long? "Dim" may need an extra "m" 
> too draw it out, but is there any four-letter word in English 
> longer than "long" -- liquescent, long vowel, nasal, nasal (or 
> more -- what is "ng" anyway? no accident that it ends words 
> like "ring" and "sing").
> Hannibal
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> On Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 5:05 PM, Nancy Charlton 
> <nbcharlton at comcast.net <mailto:nbcharlton at comcast.net>> wrote:
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>     "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."
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>     Nancy Charlton
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>     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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>>     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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