Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Two roads diverged in Sog Magog Memplremagog

In Mr. Faggen’s version a phrase from the notebooks is rendered as “Sog Magog Mempleremagog,” and is footnoted for its source in the Book of Ezekiel. Mr. Logan regards the phrase as a misreading because “Gog and Magog” are the actual Biblical names and because there is a real lake between Vermont and Quebec that is spelled Memphremagog. Mr. Faggen argues that Frost changed the “G” in “Gog” to an “S” as a jest about the lake and says the misspelled lake’s name is what Frost wrote. —NYT



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