Tuesday, January 10, 2006
In his poem 'Pit-Stop Near Castletown', Seamus Heaney fondly remembers the male bonding experience of pissing against a wall with Robert Lowell:
His forthright stroan
Went glittering like a foil, Marlovian,
As shoulder to shoulder, before we got back in
He intimated --
Can I interrupt there, please? 'Marlovian'? As in Christopher Marlowe? The shiny foil-y quality of Lowell's piss was Marlovian? Or the over-the-top bravura of his pissing style? What would a Websterian or Middletonian piss look like?
Robert Lowell and your Marlovian piss, I salute you.