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    Partly on watching interstellar. Partly as sunlight and return of spring. Housework in the revelation of Light. Partly in light of dispute/misunderstanding with Padraig. Partly Barry and Reynolds pretetending to not yndersrand poetry. This as symbol takes on some of its freight from the Bible. Dust to dust. You can't wriggle free from that but equally dust as symbol is of course not reducible to its biblical context. It is an ever present in human life. It is the residue. Dust is the revenge of the left behind and the superceded. The revenge of the replaced and forgotten. The spiteful subsistence of the dead. And dust is symbol of the duty, always resented, hugely, due to Life and its maintenance. Always wiping it clean. Patiently removing the dust again and again so the inscription can be read.
    We are always at war with dust because it is implacable. It is a function of life. Its desideratum. It always threatens to overwhelm us,to bury us. But still we treat it tenderly knowing that everything we are now will soon be dust.

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    That's just a sketch to give a
    Sense of how this stuff operates when we read for instance

    That world, and those who peopled it, buried under grey dust, wrapped in the grey sheet.

    But of course the elegy is here also for the elegiac tone as such.

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    Not to mourn it but merely to mark it. No more elegies.

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    What you two are both getting at is important. It's the coincidentia oppositorum. That's how Pullman is using it

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    This is a large part of how thought operates in poetry and as poetry.

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    It's also why the opposite of grey is green.

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    Dust is largely dead skin cells, isn't it? Plus a bit of pollution.

    Philip Pullman makes a great deal out of dust in his Northern Lights trilogy. It's a stand in for life energy IIRC

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    It's also most probably the source of us. Cometary excreta and galaxy spanning cosmic detritus.



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