Herman Melville: Poems


  1. ^ Originally spelled "Melvill," after the death of Melville's father in 1832 his mother added an "e" to the family surname—seemingly at the behest of her son Gansevoort (Parker 1996), 67.
  2. ^ This would have been the Statenvertaling of 1637, the Dutch equivalent of the King James Bible.
  3. ^ 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me etcetera.
  4. ^ 15:...Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?
  5. ^ And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts...
  6. ^ Germanism, borrowed from the promise in Luke that the kingdom will be given to the chosen people.
  7. ^ Genetive of attribute
  8. ^ Cognate construction and familiar Biblical idiom.
  9. ^ Inversion of order to resemble the speeches of the King of the account of the Last Judgment in Matthew 25:34: "Then shall the king say unto them on his right hand..."
  10. ^ Paraphrase of familiar Biblical idiom and cognate construction
  11. ^ Allusion to Acts 2:9: "Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in..."
  12. ^ Use of compound prepositions
  13. ^ Acts 2:3: "And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them."

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