Hilaire Belloc

(27 July 1870 – 16 July 1953 / La Celle-Saint-Cloud)

Tarantella - Poem by Hilaire Belloc

Do you remember an Inn,
Miranda?
Do you remember an Inn?
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Comments about Tarantella by Hilaire Belloc

  • A Vaz (11/7/2007 8:15:00 PM)

    the fourth line is:
    and the tedding and the SHREDDING (Report) Reply

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  • Gary Witt (1/26/2007 11:09:00 PM)

    In response to Mr. Hoare, below, the answer is 'yes and no.' Yes, the writer is referring to a specific inn, but no, he does not mean to say 'the inn.' In a sense, he is being coy. He wants her to remember a specific inn, perhaps among several at which the two of them stayed. But he does not want to say there was only one. In a sense his coyness is related to the title of the poem, Tarantella, which is technically a circular dance. He is dancing around the real object of his questioning. The irony is, by the time he has finished his own dance he has given so many clues that if she fails to 'get it, ' he is probably talking to the wrong woman. (Report) Reply

  • Alice Collins (10/28/2005 5:33:00 AM)

    I think that this poem is wonderful, I first heard it when I was about 10 and it's been my favourite ever since. It seems to have such an atmosphere about it, very lively and yet also very sad at the end. It has a nice reminiscient feel about it. (Report) Reply

  • Chris Hoare (5/22/2005 11:04:00 AM)

    More of a question: surely the poem should read 'do you remember the Inn, Miranda? '? Isn't the writer, Belloc, is referring to a specific inn, not inns in general. (Report) Reply










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