From: Nancy Gish
Thanks for the reference. I'll check it. I don't think I see it in
Men" in the same way, but I also don't mean to use the war as simply a
"source," as in the source-hunting tradition. In any case, Eliot was
never in the trenches, though he certainly knew men who were.
Yes, among them, I believe, Gaudier Bjreszka (sp?), the
sculptor and one of the founders of Vorticism.
It always seemed to me that Eliot's poetry
reflects the enormously depressing after mood
of WWI. There was a big psychological downer, partly
at the realisation of how brutally destructive
that so-called civilisation was.
There was great inability to come to terms with it
(not unlike the after effects of Viet Nam in the US).
Paralysis as in THM is a valid image.
I suspect the inability to get one's head around
9/11 is similar. Most of us have had no contact
with war. War cannot be accommodated by reason,
even a so-called just war.