A bar whom there were none to praise

bloomcountry

Senior Member
Russian, Spanish
Does this refer to the people in a "tavern"? Thanks:

"It lay among the untrodden ways,
'Twas very small in size;
A bar whom there were none to praise,
And few to patronize"

("A Dirge", by F. Scott Fitzgerald).
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    The phrase is a humorous allusion to William Wordsworth's poem "She dwelt among the Untrodden Ways"

    She dwelt among th' untrodden ways
    Beside the springs of Dove
    A Maid whom there were none to praise
    And very few to
    love:

    Wordsworth describes a woman who is lonely and isolated: Fitzgerald describes a bar (pub/tavern) that few people visit.
     
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