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Thyrsus

Kinloch, David (2008) Thyrsus. Journal of Stevenson Studies, 5. pp. 34-35. ISSN 1744-3857

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Abstract

A two-page prose-poem about hearing a video in a 'gloomy gallery' of another writer rhapsodising about RLS's walking stick: wonderfully 'here', once 'actually' held by 'his hand'. He too attempts to 'lean in' and connect directly with the fictional worlds Stevenson created, through mixed recollections of 'Falesá', Treasure Island and Weir. T he 'capricious meanderings' of the piece seem to reflect those of the Bacchantes' thyrsus in the Baudelaire epigraph and the discourse about the stick being 'actually here' is deflated in a final note that claims that RLS never owned a walking stick.

Item type: Article
ID code: 26658
Keywords: Robert Louis Stevenson, poetry, thyrsus, walking stick, English literature
Subjects: Language and Literature > English literature
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English
Depositing user: Mr Douglas Iain Clark
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2010 08:49
Last modified: 21 May 2015 12:27
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URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/26658

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