hangover square – patrick hamilton



earnest, wistful, eager, breathless, fer-vent, -vid; gushing, passionate, warmhearted, hearty, cordial, sincere, zealous, enthusiastic, glowing, ardent, burning, red-hot, fiery, flaming; boiling, -over….

impressed-, moved-, touched-, affected-, penetrated-, seized-, imbued &c. 820- with; devoured by, wrought up &c…. enraptured &c. 829.

 Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases

I can give not what men call love;

But wilt thou accept not

The worship the heart lifts above

And the Heavens reject not:

The desire of the moth for the star,

Of the night for the morrow,

The devotion to something afar

From the sphere of our sorrow?

P. B. Shelley

indifferent, lukewarm; careless, mindless, regardless; inattentive &c. 485; neglectful &c. 460; disregarding.

unconcerned, nonchalant, pococurante, insouciant, sans souci; unambitious &c. 866.

un-affected, -ruffled, -impressed, -inspired, -excited, -moved, -stirred, -touched, -shocked, -struck; unblushing &c. (shameless 885); unanimated; vegetative.

callous, thick-skinned, pachydermatous, impervious; hard, -ened; inured, case-hardened; steeled-, proof- against; imperturbable &c. (inexcitable) 826; unfelt.

Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases

this book was recommended by a friend and features a character whom he refers to as a ‘vacuous bitch’. each part of this book is prefixed with various non-diegetic material to contextualise the forthcoming narrative. it’s a pretty neat idea but that which also gives the reader some space to exit the fiction world and relate it to the real world. the third part begins with the above. the poem, which contains the moth, is sandwiched between very opposing clusters of words which alter the meaning of the poem. this is half of a fairly well-known poem by shelley and the moth is used to describe the nature of his love for the person this is addressed to (something akin to idolatry perhaps). the moth which is insignificant desires the star which is a bright light, out of this world, you get the idea, used for dramatic/exaggerative effect. but between the thesaurusising, it is read as unrequited love which i think is not the original intention of the poet. and unrequited love is a huge theme in hangover square. despite being seen as insignificant i think moths are also constantly contextualised and recontextualised in terms of their ‘creative potential’.