Swell to halloo

bloomcountry

Senior Member
Russian, Spanish
I cannot get the real meaning of this clause: "Swell to halloo":

"Nor should I now swell to halloo the names
Of feelings that no one needs to remember,
Nor caper with my posy of wilted avowals
to clutter up your path I should wish clear".

(Kingsley Amis's "Departure").
 
  • sb70012

    Senior Member
    Azerbaijani/Persian
    Hello,

    swell to halloo the names = to say the names aloud
    Swell
    5.
    sound [intransitive] literary to become louder
    Source: Longman dictionary
    To halloo
    3. to shout (something) to (someone)
    Source: Collins Dictionary

    It's not modern language. It seems to be an archaic usage.
     
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