The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #31533   Message #2801126
Posted By: katlaughing
01-Jan-10 - 08:17 PM
Thread Name: Origins: In the Bleak Midwinter
Subject: RE: In the Bleak Midwinter
Hmmm...let us see:

frosty wind made moan ?

Did the wind really moan or did it make someone else moan. If the latter, it may have just unnerved them. Or, perhaps they had a fever and it *felt* frosty to them. Or, maybe Rossetti didn't have the resources we do to know what the weather was like OR she was using poetic license!:-)

earth stood hard as iron ? Ever tried to dig in the desert, esp. if the sand is hard-packed? Standing hard needn't mean frozen cold.

water like a stone ?

This one has me flummoxed, too. Even ice doesn't seem like stone to me, so this one is anybody's guess IF you want to pick it apart.

So, Murray, have at it...what else bugs you about it?