Monday, October 27, 2014


Spume derives directly from the Latin for foam.
"Plato thought nature but a spume that plays/ Upon a ghastly paradigm of things." Yeats said, and you could say the same of Parry's Homer: Homer thought his poem but a spume that played upon the ghostly truths that came from long ago.
Not even a breaking wave us allowed to break, but the wind strips the spume from the wave top and blows it...
Why Homer Matters by Adam Nicolson

It shares its etymology with  spumoni and pumice.

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