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As the former name for Baghdad, does "Sutis" contain any special or symbolic meaning?

TL;DR: “Sutis” refers to Susa in modern Iran. Here’s what I think happened. Chapter 8 of the book of Daniel starts as follows. I’ve quoted the Vulgate text as that’s what was available to the author ...
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As the former name for Baghdad, does "Sutis" contain any special or symbolic meaning?

Baghdad is described as being founded by Nebuchadnezzar and called Sutis in Chaper VI of ‘The Travels of Sir John Mandeville’. This work is described in Wikipedia as a travel memoir which first ...
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Meaning of "only a bird could have got in" in "The Castle"

Presumably it implies that you can't get inside except by flying. This stanza of the poem is describing the physical strength of the castle and its defences. There is no way to scale the walls, no way ...
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What does Tennyson mean by "the rustic cackle ... [is] the murmur of the world"?

The background to this passage is that Geraint has come to “a little town in a long valley” and, finding the town busy with people and activity, has asked three times for the cause, to be told only ...
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Comprehending “how but in custom and ceremony are innocence and beauty born”

A Prayer for my Daughter dates from 1919 and expresses what is, by modern standards, a pretty regressive attitude to women. Broadly, Yeats says that he hopes his daughter will be beautiful and ...
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In metrical poetry, what is equal timed?

If anything is equal timed, it's the foot. You can see that it's the feet are approximately equal timed by listening to poetry that has both iambs and anapests for feet. The anapests are three ...
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What does "Pulled-up" mean in the Lawrence Joseph poem Rubaiyat?

Pull up has various meanings, but here means "retrieve" (as from a computer system). This idiomatic sense is recent and perhaps IT jargon. I couldn't find it in many dictionaries but it's in ...
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How can A. A. Milne's "The Dormouse and the Doctor" poem be interpreted?

There is a deeper meaning here. It is a complaint against overbearing authority that decides what is best for people without asking or caring if that is what they want. It was written in an era ...
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Is this an accurate explanation of Jakobson's definition of the "true hallmark of poetry"?

For those unfamiliar with Roman Jakobson, the correct quote is (with italics from the source) The poetic function projects the principle of equivalence from the axis of selection into the axis of ...
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