Corydon Throsp, Rossetti, Chelsea Embankment
Is Corydon Throsp an anagram? It seems as if it surely must be, and such an obvious one too, but.... Ok, Corydon is very close to Croydon, the London borough, but so what?
Anyway, I was curious enough to do that little bit of digging on Rossetti, which isn't so hard these days with Google, wikipedia etc. Anyway, it was sad and poignant to note that:
"Rossetti's later years were darkened by his drug addiction and his increasing mental instability. He died at Birchington-on-Sea, Kent, England." Shades of The White Visitation?
"Rossetti described the sonnet form as a 'moment's monument', implying that it sought to contain the feelings of a fleeting moment, and to reflect upon their meaning. The House of Life was a series of interacting monuments to these moments - an elaborate whole made from a mosaic of intensely described fragments. This was Rossetti's most substantial literary achievement."
How about that "a mosaic of intensely described fragments"?
Thought it worth quoting this, from the beginnig of the afore-mentioned 'The House of Life':
"A Sonnet is a moment's monument,-- Memorial from the Soul's eternity To one dead deathless hour. Look that it be, Whether for lustral rite or dire portent, Of its own arduous fulness reverent: Carve it in ivory or in ebony, As Day or Night may rule; and let Time see Its flowering crest impearled and orient."
Think Pynchon would have liked that 'impearled'.