What has become of our lost Palinurus
Who struck for us across darkening waters Into your inmost cave?
With his most characteristic work, The Unquiet Grave (1944), well anatomised as a 'plangent piece of angst-ridden hedonism', a compound of maximised hedonism and nostalgia in roughly equal portions, pseudonymously produced under the name of Palinurus
, he made a triumphant killing out of, instead of being killed by, angst.
McMorris's first chapbook, "Palinurus
Suite" (1992), takes Aeneas's fallen helmsman, Palinurus
, as its subject.
They must relinquish, respectively, Palinurus
the helmsman; Odysseus' and the Mariner's entire crews; the three unwanted companions; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern; Fellowship, Kindred, Goods etc.
Borrowing from Homer's account of Odysseus's journey to the underworld in Odyssey 11, Dionysus's crossing of the Styx in Aristophanes' Frogs, and the lost Nekuja of Menippus, Lucian wrote thirty short Dialogues of the Dead, his Menipp us, and The Downward Journey The debt of Renaissance writers to these dialogues is extensive and includes Alberti's The Deceased, Matteo Vegio's Palinurus
, and the most celebrated Renaissance Lucianic imitation, Rabelais's Histories of Gargantua and Pantagruel, in which Homeric heroes are reduced to rustic laborers.
Spillover of spiny Jobsters Palinurus
elephas from a marine reserve to an adjoining fishery.
The literal helmsman, Palinurus
, who failed in wakeful discipline, appears at the end of the poem:
Long-distance migration of South African deepwater rock lobster Palinurus
La Terra Promessa was to tell the Aeneas myth from the multiple points of view of Aeneas, Palinurus
, Dido, and the dead children.
Two and a half decades have passed since Palinurus
put out to sea and slipped away in the long sleep from the Aenean helm, and yet, like some never-lived Flying Dutchman, he is still to be glimpsed on the horizon, sailing steadfastly on, half-hid behind a rainbow spray and spume of words.