The Road Essay

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—RODNEY STENNING EDGECOMBE, University of Cape Town Copyright © 2008 Heldref Publications KEYWORDS erotic invitation, “Love’s Philosophy,” The Princess, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Alfred Lord Tennyson WORKS CITED Donne, John. The Complete English Poems. Ed. A. J. Smith. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971. Gilbert, Sir W. S. The Savoy Operas Being the Complete Text of the Gilbert and Sullivan Operas as Originally Produced in the Years 1875–1896. London: Macmillan, 1962. Herbert, George. The Works of George Herbert. Ed. F. E. Hutchinson. Oxford: Clarendon, 1941. Hope, Charles. Titian. London: Chaucer, 2003. Keats, John. Poetical Works. Ed. H. W. Garrod. London: Oxford UP, 1970. Keble, John. The Christian Year. London: Oxford UP, n.d. Lewis, Charlton T., and Charles Short. A Latin Dictionary Founded on Andrews’ Edition of Freund’s Latin Dictionary, Revised, Enlarged, and in Great Part Rewritten. Oxford: Clarendon, 1879. Shelley, Percy Bysshe. The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley Reprinted from the Early Editions, With Memoir, Explanatory Notes, &c. London: Frederick Warne, n.d. Tennyson, Alfred Lord. The Poems of Tennyson. Ed. Christopher Ricks. London: Longman, 1969. Virgil. The Poems of Virgil. Trans. James Rhoades. London: Oxford UP, 1921. ———. Virgil with an English Translation by H. Rushton Fairclough. 2 vols. London: William Heinemann, 1967. The Setting of McCarthy’s THE ROAD There has been some debate regarding the setting of Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 novel, The Road. If the book is read, however, as a document of the so-called Tribulation of Judeo-Christian mythology, many interpretive issues become readily resolved. Questions regarding the novel’s setting arise primarily because of the absence of a clear cause for the world’s devastation. Although he does not mention it explicitly, McCarthy fills the novel with apocalyptic imagery. On one hand, the novel

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