[Milton-L] Poetry Daily

Michael Gillum mgillum at unca.edu
Thu Jun 23 13:10:46 EDT 2011


Phonologically speaking, one could stretch out the L, the O, or the N, but
not the G. But doubling the O in writing would seem to change the vowel
sound, according to our conventions of spelling.

Michael

On Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 4:18 PM, Horace Jeffery Hodges <
jefferyhodges at yahoo.com> 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"?)
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> Jeffery Hodges
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> *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
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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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