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To place ourselves at the right point of view, we must drop the conception of Shakespeare's Mariana, and retain only that of a "moated grange," and the solitary dweller within it, forgotten by mankind, (p. 87) Mill places Shakespeare's words at the generative heart of the poem, but requires that the reader empty these words, already more or less divorced from Measure for Measure by brief (mis)quotation, of the meaning provided by its original context, so that the moated grange may house instead "the ideas which these two words suggest" (Critical Heritage, p. 87).4 Mill's reading focuses on the image of the moated grange, but it leaves room for a consideration of ideas suggested by the pattern of sound that makes up these two words. 5, an inarticulate sound that is at once familiar and meaningless.23 The third stanza again invites comparison between these two experiences and the three words of the poem's title.
Delirious Bulldogs and Nasty Crockery: Tennyson as Nonsense Poet Anna Barton Victorian Poetry; Spring 2009; 47
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