Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Melvilliana: Saints as Syrens

Melvilliana: Saints as Syrens: Conference paper read June 19, 2009 at the ร‰cole Biblique in Jerusalem for the Seventh International Melville Conference, Melville and the ...

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  1. Clarel begins at Epiphany or the orthodox Xmas. When the poem ends at Easter, is that also an orthodox Easter? John Gretchko

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    1. 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 calendar
      The same to Latin and the array
      Of all schismatics from afar—
      Armenians, Greeks from many a shore—
      Syrians, Copts—profusely pour
      The hymns: 'tis like the choric gush
      Of torrents Alpine when they rush
      To swell the anthem of the spring.
      That year was now.
      https://poets.org/poem/clarel-easter

      Looks like 1876 was such a year; also 1862, 1865, 1868 and 1871. http://5ko.free.fr/en/easter.php?y=19

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