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Housman, Dehmel and DanteAuthor(s): Chandler B. BeallSource: Modern Language Notes, Vol. 57, No. 3 (Mar., 1942), p. 211Published by: The Johns Hopkins University PressStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2910412 .Accessed: 24/06/2014 23:40Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at .http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp .JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range ofcontent in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new formsof scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. .The Johns Hopkins University Press is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access toModern Language Notes.http://www.jstor.org This content downloaded from on Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:40:05 PMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditionshttp://www.jstor.org/action/showPublisher?publisherCode=jhuphttp://www.jstor.org/stable/2910412?origin=JSTOR-pdfhttp://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsphttp://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jspHOUSMAN, DEHMEL AND DANTE 211 HOUSMAN, DEIIMEL AND DANTE In a recent note on " Housman's More Poems, II and Dehmel's Trost" (MLN, LVI, 215-217), Mr. E. B. Gladding points out an interesting parallel between the two poems. Both express the idea that a falling star leaves no gap in heaven: No star is lost at all From all that star-sown sky. Sich, kein Stern verschwand: alle leuchten noch allen. There seems to be no likelihood of connection between the two poems. In considering the possibility of a common source, Mr. Gladding mentions meteors in Heine, Claudius and Brentano, and concludes: " The idea that although a star fell, 'no star is lost,' however, is peculiar to Housman and Dehmel." A possible common source may be found in Dante, with whom both poets were familiar. This particular idea is expressed in a celebrated passage of the Paradiso (xv, 13-18): Quale per li seren tranquilli e puri discorre ad ora ad or subito foco, movendo li occhi che stavan sicuri, e pare stella che tramuti loco, se non che dalla parte ond' el s'accende nulla sen perde, ed esso dura poco. Hlousman, at least, was certainly familiar with a passage in Ovid (Met., ii, 319-322) which Vernon cites as a possible source for Dante: 1 At Phaeton, rutilos flammae populante capillos, Volvitur in pracceps, longoque per aera tactu Fertur, ut interdum de coelo stella sereno Etsi non cecidit, potuit cecidisse videri. CHANDLER B. BEALL University of Oregon 1 W. W. Vernon, Readings on the Paradiso, London, Methuen, 1909, r. 491. 4 This content downloaded from on Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:40:05 PMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditionshttp://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jspArticle Contentsp. 211Issue Table of ContentsModern Language Notes, Vol. 57, No. 3 (Mar., 1942), pp. 163-244German Lexicography [pp. 163-173]"Thy Gentillesse" in Wife of Bath's Tale, D 1159-62 [pp. 173-176]"That Precious Corpus Madrian" [pp. 177-179]Gernemue: A Place-Name Puzzle in Lawman's Brut[pp. 179-181]Alyosha Valkovsky and Prince Myshkin [pp. 182-185]Slanderous Comedies at the University of Orleans in 1447 [pp. 185-188]Ludos Scenicos in Giraldus [pp. 188-189]Pour L'Histoire Du Roman Royal [pp. 190-191]Two New Manuscript Versions of Milton's Hobson Poems [pp. 192-194]An Unpublished Letter from Abraham Cowley [pp. 194-195]Les Beaux Esprits Se Rencontrent [pp. 195-197]A Note on Mrime's Correspondence[pp. 198-205]Zola's la Joie de vivre and la Mort d'Olivier Bcaille[pp. 205-207]L'Attaque Du Moulin in American Translation [pp. 207-208]When Did Tennyson Meet Hallam? [pp. 209-210]Housman, Dehmel and Dante [pp. 211]ReviewsReview: untitled [pp. 212-216]Review: untitled [pp. 217-219]Review: untitled [pp. 219-221]Review: untitled [pp. 221-223]Review: untitled [pp. 223-225]Review: untitled [pp. 226-228]Review: untitled [pp. 228-230]Review: untitled [pp. 230-231]Review: untitled [pp. 232-233]Review: untitled [pp. 233-234]Review: untitled [pp. 234-235]Review: untitled [pp. 235-236]Review: untitled [pp. 236-237]Review: untitled [pp. 238-239]Review: untitled [pp. 239-240]Brief Mention [pp. 241-244]