Gopika Jadeja wrote:
> I think nothing in the wasteland is what it seems to be. Just look at
> the kind of geographical locations that he's used. All of them are
> landscapes that that generate mirages. Everything in the wasteland is
> probably a mirage.
Maybe we should be careful with the wording here and agree on
something. I *think* the technical definition of mirage is like how
Rick S. described the ones he has seen (described wonderfully too.)
It is something that actually exists but not at the place where it is
seen (due to optical properties of the atmosphere.) They could look
distorted. This would be different from optical illusions (seeing
puddles on hot paved roads for example) or hallucinations.
With that out of the way I welcome a further opinion (from anyone)
because off-hand I would say that in TWL there is little of seeing
things that are not there but a lot more of **not** seeing things that
**are** present. The section in Part 5 going from "What is that sound
high in the air" to the woman playing fiddle music with her hair to
the "voices singing out of empty cisterns and exhausted wells" may
qualify as a hallucination but take a look at all the things unseen:
*) What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
*) And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
*) My Irish child where do you linger? (Mein Irisch Kind, / Wo weilest du?)
*) The eyes failed in the Hyacinth garden and things could not be seen.
*) Tristan's shepard looking for a sign of Isolde said "Desolate and
empty the sea" (Oed' und leer das Meer.)
*) Madame Sosostris could not see what the merchant had on his back
nor could she find the Hanged Man.
*) The workers of London could not see beyond their own feet.
Sighs, short and infrequent, were exhaled,
And each man fixed his eyes before his feet.
*) The wife who could not see the things that appeared important to her
*) In the story of Christ on the road to Emmaus, Jesus was there but not
seen. Should we look at the use of the hooded figure in the poem then
as being there but not seen or should we think of him/her as seen at
times but not really there.
*) In the water dipping song I do not see the hermit thrush as being a
figment of the imagination. Compare with the hermit thrush in Walt
Whitman's poem "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd."
*) The solicitor will not see by what the "poet" and his friend, his
brother have existed.
On top of these images and words in the poem there is the draft
epigraph where we cannot see what the horror seen by Kurtz was. Also
many allusions go unseen the first times though.
Rick Seddon wrote:
> I was at sea one very calm night about 40 miles off Los Angeles.
> The mirage appeared as though it was maybe 3 or 4 miles away.
> They [mirages] are inexplicable but yet produce no fear.
Was this the opinion of the navigation team too? I evisioned a bit of