He does get prosey and didactic in this part, in spite of which the
music where it appears is pure genius.
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On Jul 6, 2010, at 10:10 AM, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Variations on "the occult" -- The Dry Salvages, V
> The text at: http://www.tristan.icom43.net/quartets/salvages.html
> I would humbly urge critical masters to have another look at The Dry
> Salvages, V, apropos the aspects of and variations on "the occult".
> To me the *whole section* is devoted to "the occult", albeit to its
> two different dimensions -- the mundane and the spiritual. What is
> worthy of note is the crucial separation of the first part ("To
> comunicate with Mars...And clings to that dimension.") from the
> second, marked by a "But" ("But to apprehend / The point of
> intersection of the timeless / With time".
> The mystical dimension has two segments to it -- the first pertains
> to the saints who realise a union of spheres, of the timeless with
> time, the second to the common aspirants who have access only to
> "hints and guesses" and for whom the rest is "prayer, observance,
> discipline, thought and action".
> It's remarkable that the first dimension of the occult, "To
> communicate with Mars" etc., is stated for what it is and does not
> meet with the sort of repudiation critical scholarship associates it