What is the meaning of "Tarantella" BY Hilaire Belloc?

Do you remember an Inn,

Miranda?

Do you remember an Inn?

And the tedding and the spreading

Of the straw for a bedding,

And the fleas that tease in the High Pyrenees,

And the wine that tasted of tar?

And the cheers and the jeers of the young muleteers

(Under the vine of the dark veranda)?

Do you remember an Inn, Miranda,

Do you remember an Inn?

And the cheers and the jeers of the young muleteers

Who hadn't got a penny,

And who weren't paying any,

And the hammer at the doors and the din?

And the hip! hop! hap!

Of the clap

Of the hands to the swirl and the twirl

Of the girl gone chancing,

Glancing,

Dancing,

Backing and advancing,

Snapping of the clapper to the spin

Out and in--

And the ting, tong, tang of the guitar!

Do you remember an Inn,

Miranda?

Do you remember an Inn?

Never more;

Miranda,

Never more.

Only the high peaks hoar;

And Aragon a torrent at the door.

No sound

In the walls of the halls where falls

The tread

Of the feet of the dead to the ground,

No sound:

But the boom

Of the far waterfall like doom.

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  • John
    Lv 4
    9 years ago
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    I love this poem.

    The key thing is that this poem isn't primarily about MEANING -- it's rather an attempt to create the "feel" of a "tarantella" folk dance in verse.

    Listen to Belloc himself recite (or rather "sing" the poem):

    http://wn.com/Hear_the_Voice_of_Hilaire_Belloc

    You can see it's all about the music.

    Having said that, the poem opens by asking if "Miranda" (just a romantic, exotic-sounding name) remembers an inn where they saw the Spanish peasants dancing the tarantella. He describes the dance.

    Then the last stanza ("Never more ...") slows down ... describing how that inn and all memories of it are gone.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    that was decided during the council of trent. many cardinals and bishops argued over this, it was a month long symposium. The countryside was sorely taxed, taking care of the personal needs of these great men. Several were executed in the process but in the end, nodding came to mean "yes" and the side to side motion came to mean "no". The extent of conviction was indicated by the vigorousness of the movement. If someone asked you if you wanted cream in your coffee, and you did, you were supposed to bob your head up and down rapidly, even VIOLENTLY at least eight times.

  • 4 years ago

    Do You Remember An Inn Miranda

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