1] Bricks and Straw: enduring building material, and ephemeral stuff that blows away. Yet just as straw is needed in making bricks (cf. Exodus 5.6-21; allusion courtesy of James Fulford), so a poet's best work comes from what is most ephemeral in the living of a life; or so Adams seems to say.
5] Roget's Thesaurus: a dictionary of synonyms, arranged by topic, and a writer's tool that does not necessarily bode well for composing in that it (not the writer's mind) supplies the topic or subject matter only as a word-list.
10] Four lines that might come directly out of Roget's Thesaurus.
14] Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), Elizabethan poet and playwright. Ben Jonson praises Shakespeare for "how far thou didst our Lyly outshine, / Or sporting Kyd, or Marlowe's mighty line" in "To the Memory of My Beloved the Author, Mr. William Shakespeare."
17] Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) and John Keats (1795-1821), both Romantic poets.
22] John Milton (1608-1674) wrote Paradise Lost when he was blind.
23] Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was addicted to opium, and Thomas Chatterton (1752-70), in his teens, in poverty, committed suicide.
25] William Wordsworth (1770-1850).
Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: Franklin P. Adams, So Much Velvet (Garden City, New York:
Doubleday, Page, and Co., 1924): 101-02. 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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