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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Flashback: August 17, 2004. Went inside the British Museum to look at the Reading Room, the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles - including, among these last, the panel labelled South Frieze XLIV, 132-136, with its touching depiction of a heifer, its big head straining upwards to be free: so recognisably a bovine posture. This is the scene thought to have been alluded to by Keats, in 'Ode on a Grecian Urn': "that heifer lowing at the skies". Don't we all?

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Anonymous Paul Bryant said...

Hi Michael - Erm, this is not anything to do with Toronto, just a general question - I've got the encyclopedia and am enjoying it but can't find Hattie Carroll or William Zantzinger in there...! Can this be true?

11:25 am  
Blogger Michael Gray said...

Paul, you're right... the song is referred to on pages 6, 26, 86, 154, 185, 188, 206, 233, 237, 513, 520 and 573 - as specified in the book's index - but no, as it happens there are no entries for its two main real-life characters. Time was a jet-plane: it moved too fast.

1:50 pm  

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