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

  • Kevin Straw (8/15/2009 5:00:00 AM)


    The poem is full of the the adventuresome joie de vivre of young men on their travels. (Report) Reply

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  • (12/2/2008 6:35:00 AM)


    This is a magnificent poem: it has mystery, rhythm, atmosphere and pace and is the work of a poet who has mastery of the language. The speculation is stimulates - who was or is Miranda? when and why is he recollecting the scene and asking her about it? - are all part of the enjoyment. (Report) Reply

  • (6/11/2008 8:06:00 AM)


    I had always understood that Miranda was the DONKEY that accompanied Belloc on his Pilgrimage to Rome - tghough why a donkey should remember the taste of the wine escapes me. One of my favourite poems but one I can never commit to memory [- always missing out lines or getting them in tghe wrong order when I try to declaim them to myself (Report) Reply

  • (2/6/2008 3:35:00 PM)


    Miranda, was Captain Miranda, one of Belloc's fellow officers not a women. (Report) Reply

  • (11/7/2007 8:15:00 PM)


    the fourth line is:
    and the tedding and the SHREDDING
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  • (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

  • (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

  • (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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