Thursday, May 01, 2008

"Lives along the line,,,"

A curiosity: several times in the past few years I've found myself almost writing that someone's poetry "lives along the line," knowing that I was certainly stealing that phrase from someone, somewhere, though for the life of me I couldn't remember where. Today I finally resorted to Google to resolve the mystery; it's from Pope's "Essay on Man," a text I haven't read in decades. And in "Essay on Man," the spider, not verse, "lives along the line." But it's such a fine statement of the contingent possibilities of the poem that I'm sure someone's used it as such long since. Anyone know who?

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