The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46310   Message #3888930
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
16-Nov-17 - 05:55 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Subject: RE: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
of course theres WH Auden's parody Miss Gee, about how a maiden lady due to sexual repression and frustrated creativity contracts cancer.
At the time Auden was fascinated by the doctrines of an American psychologist called Homer Lane who thought that repression turned inward and caused people to 'grow' cancer.

Auden did the same with Frankie and Johnny, he write a parody about a young man called Victor - about a young man, so messed up by his parents domination and unworldly moral code that he ends up murdering his randy young wife.

Actually there was another Auden St James's Infirmary parody - a sort of Freudian lament called As I went out one evening.

hope you don't mind me mentioning this.