Lit & Lyric: Unforgettable Fire

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Poet Paul Celan is responsible for the phrase "A Sort of Homecoming"--"Poetry is a sort of homecoming," he said.


One man betrayed with a kiss...

"Jesus said to him, 'Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?'"

Unforgettable Fire:

And if the mountains should crumble or disappear into the sea...

Psalm 46:2: "Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea."


Bono claims that "A Sort of Homecoming" is an ode to (Seamus) Heaney and that it contains what he felt were Heaneyesque lyrics, this was said in an interview about rock and roll and poetry from a PBS special that dated back to the late 80's I believe.

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Boy | Oct | War | Fire | Tree | Rattle | Baby | Zoo | PO | Leave | Bomb | Etc.