From: "Nigel Price"
Subject: (urth) Return to Sado Island Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 18:44:44 +0100 In response to my query about the haiku at the end of "The Death of Dr. Island", Alga said: >>Six years--gosh, are we all six years >>older? Surely not! Post the list, Nigel, >>for the Web is six thousand times bigger >>than it was six years ago and I will do >>a search. Okely-dokely! Way back in 1997, the thread lasted for about three messages (from alga, two from Ranjit), and went as follows... #1 From: "Alice Turner" Subject: (urth) Dr. Island poetry Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 14:33:00 Has anyone tracked down the poetry quoted in "The Death of Dr. Island?" The epigraph is from Hopkins and cited, but there are three fragments, uncited, quoted. And missing thee, I walk unseen On the dry smooth-shaven green To behold the wandering moon, Riding near her highest noon, Like one that has been led astray Through the heaven's wide pathless way. I'm clueless, though it's got to be fairly modern despite the "thee"---maybe an antiquarian like de la Mare, though I'm not sure he's in public domain yet. The mountain wooded to the peak, the lawns And winding glades high up like ways to Heaven, The slender coco's drooping crown of plumes, The lightening flash of insect and of bird, The lustre of the long convolvuses That coil'd around the stately stems, and ran Ev'n to the limit of the land, the glows And glories of the broad belt of the world, All these he saw. I was so certain that this was from Shelley's -Alastor- that I read it (Alastor) through twice, incredulous not to find it. Well, it's got to be Romantic, it's a narrative poem.... Seas are cold tonight... Stretching over Sado island Silent clouds of stars. That's a haiku. Sado is a Japanese island. Well, they're all concerned with nature, the earth and the heavens. They could all be Wolfe's own pastiches (the -Alastor- one is awesomely good, if so--I worship that "convolvuses"). But if they're not, I'm quite curious. -alga- #2 From: Ranjit Bhatnagar Subject: (urth) Island Poetry Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 16:35:00 > And missing thee, I walk unseen Milton, Il Penseroso, which begins Hence vain deluding joyes, The brood of folly without father bred, How little you bested, Or fill the fixed mind with all your toyes; > The mountain wooded to the peak, the lawns Enoch Arden? "a passage much quoted already and which will be no doubt often quoted, the description of Enoch's tropical island." -- Gerard Manley Hopkins writing to A. W. M. Baillie. I'm no scholar; I just plugged 'em into AltaVista and HotBot. No luck digging up the haiku. (www.altavista.digital.com; www.hotbot.com) Milton poem: http://www.lexmark.com/data/poem/milton02.html Hopkins' letter mentioning Arden: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~www_se/Hopkins.html #3 From: Ranjit Bhatnagar Subject: (urth) Poetry again Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 22:34:27 Because I can't find my copy of Dr Island, I can pass my time with this instead. For what it's worth, the quoted poem appears to be "Enoch Arden", by Al Tennyson. There was a silent movie made of the story in 1915 starring Alfred Paget as Enoch Arden. "Seaman Enoch Arden returns home after a long absence marooned on a desert island. At home he finds his wife married to another, and though he loves her, he cannot bear to disrupt her current happiness." That would be the island that Hopkins mentioned in the letter. Hmm, *island*. Tennyson published "Enoch Arden" in 1864. Richard Strauss based a melodrama on this poem, and Glenn Gould once performed Strauss's work on the radio. I will refrain from quoting a (barely) naughty limerick on the subject, but you can find it here: http://www.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~ad/LimericksDir/P.html What a font of trivia is the web! r. ---------------------------------- That's as far as it went. I've searched for the haiku with Google, but got nowhere, though I did laught at Ranjit's naughty limerick... Nigel --