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Saturday, July 03, 2010

lost link - Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"I have seen the educated armies. on the beach at Dover."

“Autobiography” from A Coney Island of the Mind.

The version found in Jam Session, Ralph J. Gleason, 1958 reads "I have seen the ignorant armies. on the beach at Dover."

This is an obvious borrowing from Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold which I read tonight for the first time and made the connection. I starting reading the Jam Session version of “Autobiography” about fifty years ago when I was very much into Jazz and found the book laying open face down on a wet road on my way home from school.


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