TSE studied reality and experience during his Harvard years. As I
understand it (i.e.. not very well) Bradley saw reality as layering of
experience and therefore spent a lot of time studying experience. TSE would
have used Bradley at least as a start point for at least a starting point in
his understanding of reality.
Pound's ideogrammic method is also a layering of "experience". In Pound's
case the layers are Images. I am not sure that "philosophical reality" was
a major concern to Pound. Does anyone know one way or the other?
The mythic method would be one way for TSE to represent an experience in an
attempt to approach reality. I think that TSE's use of a "mythic method"
was slightly different from most other moderns. Most modernists looked to
mythic heroes and their situations for personal qualities and experiences to
replicate with the modernist's "hero", i.e. Joyce with Ulysses. This does
not seem to have been TSE's mythic method. I suggested in a prior email
that perhaps TSE was experimenting in TWL with separate versions of
Tiresias blending them to create a new modern mythic character. Maybe this
is obvious to the list and no one wanted to embarrass me by pointing it out.
Based on prior experience with the reality of this list I sorta doubt this
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From: gopika jadeja <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Sunday, May 27, 2001 11:10 AM
Subject: myth and reality
>"One of those usages is a mystical search for reality.
> Was one of those usages also the creation of a
>mystical present poem? Is the mythic method, so
>eagerly adopted by Modernist after Modernist, a
>Modernist development of this mystical use of
>"Maybe TSE is providing us a new myth from the old two
>using the mythic
>method to work upon a mythic character instead of upon
>a present day
>character as best exemplified by Joyce."
>In order to create a new myth the old ones have to be
>What Eliot seems to be doing here is putting the old
>ones in perspective , not dispelling them and thus
>creating a new one. I say ‘in perspective’ because of
>the film clip like method of presentation that he’s
>There’s also this about the mythic method-
>“Myth embodies the nearest approach to absolute truth
>that can be stated in words.”
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