Post by Jerry Friedman 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
- 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.