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Stevens: mort
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Marius Hancu
2021-01-23 18:37:20 UTC
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Hello,

Which "mort" is this, as you see it?

~~~
Above the forest of the parakeets,
A parakeet of parakeets prevails,
A pip of life amid a mort of tails.

Wallace Stevens, The Bird with the Coppery, Keen Claws
~~~

Thank you.
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Marius Hancu
Stefan Ram
2021-01-23 18:57:12 UTC
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Post by Marius Hancu
Above the forest of the parakeets,
A parakeet of parakeets prevails,
A pip of life amid a mort of tails.
A dictionary gives many meanings, but only two make sense here:
"skin" and "great number". The author is American, but the skin
meaning is Britain. So, only "A great quantity or number" remains.
Jerry Friedman
2021-01-23 19:05:58 UTC
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Post by Marius Hancu
Hello,
Which "mort" is this, as you see it?
~~~
Above the forest of the parakeets,
A parakeet of parakeets prevails,
A pip of life amid a mort of tails.
Wallace Stevens, The Bird with the Coppery, Keen Claws
Oh my gosh, Stevens.

A large number, with a blatant reference to the French word for "death",
considering that it's right after "life".
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Jerry Friedman
Snidely
2021-01-24 00:10:16 UTC
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Post by Marius Hancu
Hello,
Which "mort" is this, as you see it?
~~~
Above the forest of the parakeets,
A parakeet of parakeets prevails,
A pip of life amid a mort of tails.
Wallace Stevens, The Bird with the Coppery, Keen Claws
Oh my gosh, Stevens.
A large number, with a blatant reference to the French word for "death",
considering that it's right after "life".
Time to cue up the Eigth Blackbird recordings.

/dps
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You could try being nicer and politer
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instead, and see how that works out.
-- Katy Jennison
Snidely
2021-01-24 02:38:34 UTC
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Just this Saturday, Snidely explained that ...
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Post by Marius Hancu
Hello,
Which "mort" is this, as you see it?
~~~ Above the forest of the parakeets, A parakeet of parakeets prevails, A
pip of life amid a mort of tails.
Wallace Stevens, The Bird with the Coppery, Keen Claws
Oh my gosh, Stevens.
A large number, with a blatant reference to the French word for "death",
considering that it's right after "life".
Time to cue up the Eigth Blackbird recordings.
And to admit that I may be too "slow" to get much of Wallace Stevens.
Perhaps I do better with unedited Emily Dickinson.

/dps
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You could try being nicer and politer
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instead, and see how that works out.
-- Katy Jennison
Jerry Friedman
2021-01-25 19:49:04 UTC
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Just this Saturday, Snidely explained that ...
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Post by Marius Hancu
Hello,
Which "mort" is this, as you see it?
~~~ Above the forest of the parakeets, A parakeet of parakeets prevails, A
pip of life amid a mort of tails.
Wallace Stevens, The Bird with the Coppery, Keen Claws
Oh my gosh, Stevens.
A large number, with a blatant reference to the French word for "death",
considering that it's right after "life".
Time to cue up the Eigth Blackbird recordings.
And to admit that I may be too "slow" to get much of Wallace Stevens.
Perhaps I do better with unedited Emily Dickinson.
/dps
...

I like some of his poems (I've only read a few of them), but often he seems
to me to be engaging in private meanings.
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Jerry Friedman
Marius Hancu
2021-01-25 13:15:50 UTC
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Post by Marius Hancu
Which "mort" is this, as you see it?
~~~
Above the forest of the parakeets,
A parakeet of parakeets prevails,
A pip of life amid a mort of tails.
Wallace Stevens, The Bird with the Coppery, Keen Claws
Oh my gosh, Stevens.
A large number, with a blatant reference to the French word for "death",
The Romanian for "death" is "moarte," and for "dead man" is "mort." So,
yes, _that_ reference is pretty blatant, but ...
Post by Jerry Friedman
considering that it's right after "life".
MWU gives for

~~~
"mort"
- a note sounded on a hunting horn when a deer is killed
- the act of putting to death : killing
- archaic : girl, woman
- archaic : mistress, sweetheart
- the skin or fleece of a sheep that has died a natural death
- a dead body : corpse
- a great quantity or number : a great deal : abundance !!!!!!!!!!!
~~~

Thus, yes, a quite subtle play.

Thanks, everyone.
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Marius Hancu
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