This is one of the first of Macon's electronic recordings--it's pronounced Mason--and he works with the false archaicism
of the medium, bearing the rough scrape of shellac into his voice and the sound of his banjo.
108) should be noted as an allusion to Aeneid 8.51-54, describing how Evander and his mother had emigrated to Italy from rustic Arcadia, speaking an archaic dialect, a passage often cited in Renaissance discussions of archaicism
. McLaughlin's analyses are mostly convincing, he has mastered a wide literature, primary and secondary, and has made exemplary use of manuscript sources (pp.
Instead of consigning it arbitrarily and presumptuously to the irrelevancy of "archaicism
," the wisdom and values retained all along by unrepentant "Stone Agers" of the modern indigenous world must at last be allowed to inform the other paradigms of knowledge within the human endeavor in such a way as to complete and perfect the whole.
This seems a perfect example of Yeats's remark; the poem isn't only "birdlike" but reveals "emptiness everywhere, the whole magnificent." Bridges loved slightly stilted diction and archaicisms
such as "ye." (When, in 1922, Ezra Pound asked his help in purging his early work from such usages, Bridges gleefully praised every "ye" and "thou" he found, muttering, "We'll get 'em all back; we'll get 'em all back!" There was something a bit ferocious in his stodginess.) But the poem's beauty is almost entirely aural.
Thankfully, Simpson has not tried to smooth over Villon's violence of tongue or camouflage it beneath archaicisms
, as, say, Rossetti tended to do; nor has he exaggerated the poet's already quite uproarious bawdiness, as Swinburne did.