Odious and Peculiar
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Speaking of the Alps, here is some historic Alpine poetry:
To the MatterhornHardy likes these grim, elliptical finishes that set you down with a hollow thud. I'm still debating whether this one does anything for me. But mountaineering poems aren't that common, particularly if you don't count free verse in the Telluride Mountain Gazette as legitimately belonging to the genre. (Yes, I know, the lines seldom reach the right edge of the page. Nevertheless...) The four and seven refer to Edward Whymper's first ascent of the peak in 1865, with its four fatalities on the way down. As the saying goes, "The summit is optional, but descent is mandatory."
From John Derbyshire's Readings page, always worthwhile if you crave a spot of verse.
Update: Here's some mighty fine Matterhorn for you.
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