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Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2001 6:03 AM
Subject: Re: fragmentation in The Waste Land
> and since it's really the women telling the story (Arguably Ophelia but
> Sibyl could certainly be an overarching voice -- the Tiresias idea is
> the fact that the Sibyl turns things around can explain the entire poem.
Eliot held, in 'The Frontiers of Criticism', 1956 (OPP) and elsewhere
that poetry could not be 'explained'.
You write that the 'Tiresias idea is b.s.'. Does no one think it funny
that Eliot wrote in his 'Notes', (I paraphrase) that what Tiresias sees is
in fact the substance of the poem? Tiresias, I believe, was blind. The gods
gave him inner sight when he lost his eyesight.