[DWJ] Nowhere vases

Kyra Jucovy arykiy at gmail.com
Thu Oct 4 19:51:20 EDT 2012

By the way, since I'm procrastinating, I might as well share something that
I think about a lot but never talk about. . .

I was more or less introduced to *Four Quartets* by reading about *Fire and
Hemlock*, and I feel like I don't really know much about the poems because
I've never academically studied them (they are the only poems I am obsessed
with that I have never studied in a formal academic setting).  Obviously,
DWJ herself explicitly stated that F&H was influenced by *Four Quartets* and
wrote about that and discussed it publicly.  But ever since I discovered
the poems, I've kind of associated "The Dry Salvages" with *Spellcoats*,
what with "I do not know much about gods; but I think that the river / Is a
strong brown god—sullen, untamed and intractable,"  I am amused that there
is even a line: "When the train starts, and the passengers are settled,"
which seems relevant to *The Crown of Dalemark*.  And. . . well, since the
whole point of *Four Quartets *is about the intersection of the
timeless/transcendent with time/the mundane, it seems kind of incredibly
relevant to the Dalemark quartet as a whole.

So I can't help but wonder if *Four Quartets *is at all relevant to
Dalemark - I mean, they're even both series of four!  Although maybe it's
just that the intersection of the timeless with time was a theme that
inspired DWJ in general?


On Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 7:40 AM, Kyra Jucovy <arykiy at gmail.com> wrote:

> The wonderful post(s) are by rushthatspeaks over at LiveJournal. Since I
> think that they are really amazing, I definitely want to share them again:
> http://rushthatspeaks.livejournal.com/254549.html
> and
> http://rushthatspeaks.livejournal.com/406003.html
> Extremely worth reading if you have never read them before.
> ---Kyra
> On Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 6:22 AM, Gillian Houck <erikagillian at gmail.com>wrote:
>> I never saw the TS Eliot thing at all, I just assumed I was missing
>> something about the end :) Someone wrote a wonderful post about on
>> their livejournal but I have no idea who anymore.  I do know Tam Lin
>> and Thomas the Rhymer so I got those :)
>> And I love hearing more about F&H, it's one of her books I have to
>> reread because I haven't figured it out, and I hope i never do :)
>> I had to read Hexwood over and over to try and get the timelines
>> straight and who was where when and what was doing what :)  I *loved*
>> that about Hexwood.
>> Some books like that I just bounce off of, because I don't know what's
>> happening so why should I keep reading?  But DWJ manages the balance,
>> at least for me.  So does Terry Pratchett, though his are different
>> kinds, more layers upon layers.  DWJ seems to just... OK, maybe
>> they're both layers on layers just very different kinds :)
>> Gillie
>> --
>> E. G. Houck - http://erikagillian.livejournal.com
>> "Shut up the door, ...fatigued I said,
>> Tie up the Knocker; say I'm sick, I'm dead."
>> Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot - Alexander Pope
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