[Milton-L] "Particular Falls"

Matthew Jordan matthewjorda at gmail.com
Tue Jan 20 11:29:39 EST 2015


It may be almost too obvious to say, but the "Not...not..." thing (and
"nec...nec"?) is typically Miltonic / epic...

On 20 January 2015 at 16:15, Matthew Jordan <matthewjorda at gmail.com> wrote:

> Good stuff! Thanks.
>
> As a comparison / contrast, my recollection is that in eg. Augustine,
> rather gruesomely (morbidly??), one of the pleasures of the saved is
> precisely their good view of the suffering of the damned . . . (?)
>
> Best, Matt
>
> On 20 January 2015 at 16:06, Stella Revard <srevard at siue.edu> wrote:
>
>> Thanks, Nancy, for sending on the poem by Pattiann Rogers.  She is one of
>> the best poets now writing in the US, but has not been given her due by the
>> cliquers and claquers of the Award Giving dumbasses.  And the Georgia
>> Review prints a lot of veryt fine work. Nice to know you are reading it
>> well.
>>
>>
>> On 01/20/15, *Hannibal Hamlin * <hamlin.hannibal at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> Thanks. The use of enjambment (all that carefully positioned falling)
>> also seems somewhat Miltonic.
>>
>> Hannibal
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 2:36 AM, Nancy Charlton <
>> charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com <charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>
>>> I felt that you all would enjoy this poem. Since I couldn't get Poetry
>>> Daily to send it from their form, I'll take my chances with the copyright
>>> police and simply copy it into this email.
>>>
>>> The last stanza (?) is particularly Miltonic.
>>>
>>> Nancy Charlton
>>>
>>> Particular Falls
>>>
>>> Not as three strands of braided hair,
>>> being loosened, fall then together in waves
>>> to touch the shoulders; and not as a white-
>>> winged hawk releases and falls sinking
>>> on the wind until its wings swerve upward
>>> riding the current again toward the sun.
>>>
>>> Not the freefall that comes before
>>> the parachute spreads and opens above
>>> like a prayer and halts the plunge;
>>> and not the tumbling fall of an acrobat
>>> before he catches the trapeze his partner
>>> drops as she falls to catch his feet.
>>> Not any of those falls.
>>>
>>> And not the continual plummeting
>>> fall of mountain snowmelt creating icy
>>> weather in summer; nor the spider gliding
>>> down her string, floating more than falling
>>> in descent just as day falls and drifts
>>> in its own ways into night; and not as one falls
>>> with eyes closed into sleep where faith
>>> is with the falling; nor as one falls
>>> into love where riotous ascent begins
>>> simultaneous with the falling.
>>>
>>> But consider the falling that is immutable:
>>> the naked body of a nestling lying spilled
>>> and broken on the sidewalk; wind-felled fruit,
>>> sick odor of rotting pulp below the tree, slick
>>> mass oozing into earth; the cold, frightening
>>> stillness of those who lie fallen in battle.
>>>
>>> And remember the story of the bleakest
>>> fall, the fall of those who once were angels,
>>> who fell and fell into the deepest chasm
>>> of blindness, irredeemable, never to rise,
>>> never to hope to rise. Pity their god.
>>>
>>> PATTIANN ROGERS <http://poems.com/feature.php?date=16455>
>>>
>>> The Georgia Review <http://garev.uga.edu/>
>>> Winter 2014
>>>
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>>
>>
>> --
>> Hannibal Hamlin
>> Professor of English
>> The Ohio State University
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