Philip.Belben at Philip.Belben at
Thu Jul 13 13:11:18 EDT 2000

>+ > "Go and catch a falling star" as the spell!
>+ For me, it was the other way around - I discovered Donne by reading
>+ HMC.
>+ (ObOnTopic: I think one of the words in the poem was mispronounced
>+ when the curse was set; not that I'm complaining, it's just
>+ interesting.)
> It's definitely the sort of "wind" pronounced "wined" and a device,
> rather than wind. But making the "winned" sort of wind a device is *so* DWJ!

Perhaps I ought to go and read the whole poem before jumping in, but:

Why is it a device (I take it you mean "some sort of pulley" like Michael)?  Or
rather, why is it "definitely" a device?

Wind pronounced Wined, but still meaning that which blows, was a common
_literary_ device, up until ? the early 17th century, (when pronunciation was
still fairly in flux) and again in the 19th century (romantic movement and
nostalgia for an earlier age).

Anyway, could you venture a few lines of explanation, please?


(I liked the way Howl's nephew (Neil?) made the connection, through "finned",
with submarines.  I'm not sure why Sophie and Michael accepted it so readily,

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