Original research and riffs on Herman Melville, authorship, and nineteenth-century American literature.
Clarel begins at Epiphany or the orthodox Xmas. When the poem ends at Easter, is that also an orthodox Easter? John Gretchko
Yes! Easter happens to fall on the same day for Roman Catholic and Orthodox believers when Clarel gets back to Jerusalem. As explained in 4.33:And when the day,The Easter, falls in calendarThe same to Latin and the arrayOf all schismatics from afar—Armenians, Greeks from many a shore—Syrians, Copts—profusely pourThe hymns: 'tis like the choric gushOf torrents Alpine when they rushTo swell the anthem of the spring. That year was now. https://poets.org/poem/clarel-easterLooks like 1876 was such a year; also 1862, 1865, 1868 and 1871. http://5ko.free.fr/en/easter.php?y=19