[Ads-l] quotation model for a title

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 4 03:10:08 UTC 2019

H. L. Mencken has a quotation in his opus "A New Dictionary of
Quotations on Historical Principles from Ancient and Modern Sources"
that contains the phrase "noble muse surmounteth", but I do not know
if it is relevant. The topic is Elizabeth of England (1558-1603).

[Begin excerpt]
Elizabeth, our dread sovereign and gracious queen, is not only a
liberal patron unto poets, but an excellent poet herself; whose
learned, delicate and noble muse surmounteth, be it in ode, elegy,
epigram; or in any other kind of poem, heroic or lyric.
FRANCIS MERES: Pallidas Tamia, 1598
[End excerpt]


On Wed, Apr 3, 2019 at 10:53 PM Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at stanford.edu> wrote:
> originally sent only to Garson (because his address):
> Begin forwarded message:
> From: Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at stanford.edu<mailto:zwicky at stanford.edu>>
> Subject: quotation model for a title
> Date: April 3, 2019 at 6:56:03 PM PDT
> To: ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com<mailto:adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>>
> In this video, Florence Foster Jenkins's accompanist Cosmé McMoon reminisces about FFJ and her remarkable off-pitch performances of operatic arias:
> https://www.thvdo.com/video/149QRqUU2j932AEE79weRT.html
> from the album The Muse Surmounted: Florence Foster Jenkins and Eleven of Her Rivals (Unchained Melody label, 2012)
> The cover illustration is entertaining, but here I'm interested in the title of the album, The Muse Surmounted.
> I hear the echo of a quotation here, perhaps much altered, but Ihave no idea where it might come from. (My literary education is paper-thin, my classical education non-existent, so I'm likely to have missed things that truly educated people might be assumed to know (perhaps in translation from Latin or Greek).)
> Can the quote-hounds of ADS-L remedy my ignorance / denseness?
> (My search in quotes sources got me only as close as this:
> Then, rising with Aurora's light, The muse invoked, sit down to write; Blot out, correct, insert, refine, Enlarge, diminish, interline. -- Jonathan Swift, "On Poetry", lines 85-8 (1733) )
> arnold
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