I’m preparing this post in advance, so I suppose I run some risk of missing a late entry to the Unstructured Clarel Readalong, but let’s be real…
- My first contribution was an overview of the poem and its geography.
- I followed up with an argument for the beauty in Clarel
- I discussed some of Melville’s motifs and how closely he ties the desert to the sea
- Amateur Reader jumped in with a post on how to read the darn thing, and its sea imagery
- I claimed Mortmain for my own, though it proved a tougher choice when I thought about it
- AR tackled the wonderfully wild and the characters who Go Too Far
- I finished off on a lighter note about Clarel‘s connection to Hawthorne
- And AR wrapped up with connections of his own, to William Carlos Williams and Thomas Carlyle, and difficult books in general
A readalong for two, but an excellent one, and I thank all my readers for their interest and support. I promise more such insanity in future.