Re: Bonus Points, poetic memes

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Fri 23 May 2003 - 10:14:40 GMT

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    At 09:20 PM 22/05/03 -0400, Scott wrote:

    >>From: William Benzon <>
    >>To: memetics <>
    >>Subject: Bonus Points, poetic memes
    >>Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 21:53:51 -0400
    >>I've got a long-term interest in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Kubla Khan."
    >>I've copied part of the poem below. After that I've copied a section I've
    >>cut from an essay I'm working on. That section quotes from some of the
    >>books Coleridge is likely to have read prior to writing the poem.
    >>What memes are in those passages and how did they get from those books into
    >>Coleridge's poem?


    >I'd heard about the possible influence of Bartram on Coleridge. A March
    >2001 article in National Geographic magazine refers to influence on
    >Coleridge and Wordsworth. Some of Bartram's naturalist accounts in
    >_Travels_ are quite vivid, though if a tad hyperbolic. His laundry list of
    >plants he encountered are a good botanical brushup.


    In a related effort of trying to locate the origin of a saying, I helped trace back the origin "May you live in interesting times."

    You might be amused that it traced back to an English author.

    Keith Henson

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