DESCRIPTION: "Ophelia letter blow away He blow 'way in Arima." "Ophelia where you' letter? He blow 'way in Arima."" "Ophelia where you' lover gone? He blow 'way in Arima."
EARLIEST DATE: 1950 (Elder-Tobago)
KEYWORDS: grief love death nonballad religious lover Caribbean
FOUND IN: West Indies(Tobago)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Elder-Tobago 14, "Ophelia Letter" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Life is like a letter that wind can blow away, but the person whose life has been lost is not dead but blown away to some other place, like Arima.
Elder-Tobago: "In 'Ophelia letter' we have a beautiful metaphor of a woman losing her husband or spouse and the sheer impossibility of saying just where the dead man is." - BS
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