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Posted By: Big Al Whittle
04-Aug-04 - 07:56 PM
Thread Name: Winnie the Pooh
Subject: RE: BS: Winnie the Pooh
well we all know pooh sticks. sling enough of it.

I think Dorothy Parker, smart lady that she was, missed a trick there.

Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin are as good a creation as Falstaff and Hal - just as affecting a tale of innocence and experience.

When Christopher Robin sets off for his English public school, presumably to be beaten and buggered and generally turned into an English gentleman - I think the sense of loss and the grief at the loss of innocence are almost unbearable and beautifully expressed.

Remember this was also a national theme for England after the first world war. A certain kind of writer - Tolkien and Robert Graves spring to mind - they'd seen a bit more of life than the Algonquin and they were in full retreat from it, as the only hope of preserving their humanity. I think Milne fits into this last pattern.

However DP was a great lady - wouldn't want to offend anybody on that point and I am fully aware and appreciative of her urbane wit.