1] A take-off of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "A Psalm of Life." Freudian: Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the creator of psycho-analysis. Freud theorized that the mind's unconscious explained much of a person's behaviour and that dreams (see line 2) were guidebooks to that unconscious. mormonful: of the Mormons, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a sect originated by Joseph Smith, who founded Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1847 and who preached strict but compassionate moral guidelines for a fit and proper life. Adams, however, may have the Mormons' practice of polygamy in mind, given his allusion to a seraglio (18; cf. also 25, 34; courtesy of James Fulford).
15] sexiphones: a play on words still rare (not found deliberately employed on the Internet in August 2003).
18] seraglio: harem, a residence for the many wives (rarely, husbands) of a rich man (rarely, woman).
Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.
Original text: Franklin P. Adams, So Much Velvet (Garden City, New York:
Doubleday, Page, and Co., 1924): 43-44.
PS 3501 .D24 S46 Robarts Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/8/12*1:2003/8/29
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