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The case of the profound connection

By Ed Park

Ange asks: “Could it be that there is a profound cultural connection between the poet and the detective?” The answer is…

Yes! Francis M. Nevins wrote on the topic for us earlier this year: Solve the Case, Solve the Sonnet

Comment (1)

  • On October 10, 2007 at 11:59 am Ange wrote:

    I can’t believe I missed this! Thanks.
    “The composition of a good poem is roughly analogous to a successful feat of detection: The poet seeks a precise sequence of words that can be as agonizingly hard to discover as the truth behind appearances that is (for a Spade or Marlowe or Archer) the holy grail.”
    This is a great insight, but I can’t help feeling it’s still just another analogy for detective work of a larger scope; I just can’t put my finger on it. It’s some kind of transcendence.
    Someone should write a book on this.

Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, October 8th, 2007 by Ed Park.