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Friday, April 21, 2017

[GBM] Welcome to Cyprus


No sooner said than done: Neptune causes a---Baroque, Shakespearean, but here uselessly terrifying---tempest that pushes Adonis' boat all the way up to the coasts of the island of Cyprus, where he is to meet Venus. The island epitomizes a core concept of the whole poem: heaven on earth, or more than that, earth better than heaven.

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This is the land that the goddess     Venus
miraculously born of the waves     M.'s topic of amazing births, e.g. Christ
once liked and loved so strongly
as to despise her divine home and
enjoy here, among shades and waters,
a better heaven, to the other's envy;
after the immortal model of her divine
shape, they made altar and temple.     we will see them