thatch-eves

Discussion in 'English Only' started by lapachis8, Oct 5, 2006.

  1. lapachis8 Senior Member

    El Defectuoso
    Mexico-Spanish
    Hi,
    I´m working on a Keats poem "To Autum" and came across:
    "With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;"

    I´m having trouble with eves. I know thatch is the sort of natural roofing they still use in some parts of Cornwall but, what about eves?
    I have looked for it on line and just found the usual for eve, but nothing related to roofing. Could somebody please give a hand?
    cheers
     
  2. mgarizona

    mgarizona Senior Member

    Phoenix, AZ
    US - American English
    Usually spelt 'eaves' ... the bottom overhanging edges of a roof.
     
  3. se16teddy

    se16teddy Senior Member

    London
    English - England
  4. lapachis8 Senior Member

    El Defectuoso
    Mexico-Spanish
    Mgarizona and Se16teddy,
    Thank you!!!! :)

    In the Oxford Anthology of English Literature is written thatch-eves not eaves, by the way. Bartleby´s version is the Francis T. Palgrave, ed. [SIZE=-1](1824–1897).[/SIZE] The Golden Treasury. [SIZE=-1]1875. [/SIZE]
    The anthology´s version is dated 1819-1820.
    cheers
     
  5. waspsmakejam Junior Member

    York, Yorkshire
    UK, English
    This spelling is in Keats' original manuscript.

    There are several strange spellings in "Ode to Autumn". I can remember "wam" (warm) and "hazle" (hazel), but there's more.

    I think its normal to reprint poetry with all the original spelling intact. Poets sometime use archaic or uncommon spellings, or even mispell or invent words, for poetic effect. Personally I think Keats couldn't spell for toffee.
     
  6. lapachis8 Senior Member

    El Defectuoso
    Mexico-Spanish
    Hi waspsmakejan,
    I totally agree. Being a non-native speaker makes these things a little more complicated. :eek:
    cheers
     
  7. waspsmakejam Junior Member

    York, Yorkshire
    UK, English
    lapachis8

    I think figuring out what poems mean is always difficult. A good poem can keep me thinking for years!

    Keats is one of my favourites. I hope you're enjoying the poem.

    Wasps
     

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