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Subject: the African statue of Mussolini’s head rss

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Robert Ridgeway
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"Now, Mussolini did order a giant statue to be erected near Adowar, Ethiopia, a place where the Italian forces in an earlier attempt to annect Abyssinia had suffered a shameful defeat. The statue is a giant head of Mussolini himself, carved out of a rock, and he seems to be watching the desert as a conqueror (Bosworth 2002, 63, 247, Plate 14). The head resembles somewhat the famous Sphinx in Egypt, but it could well have inspired he idea of Ananke and the whole poem, if the statue was built or planned in January, February 1936 and if this appeared in U.S. newspapers at that time. [It does] The description in the poem, section six, fits the statue very well."
http://wkarrer.webs.com/wallacestevens.htm

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Nigel Twine
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.......Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them......


(from "Ozymandias" by Percy Byshe Shelley).
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