am 9.2.2003 9:03 Uhr schrieb [log in to unmask] unter [log in to unmask]:
> My speculation was that Eliot (as
> the narrator) was actually writing about his guilt over his homosexuality,
> and that the relationship depicted in the hyacinth garden was actually a
> depiction of a homosexual relationship
Your speculation indeed, dear Steve.
Why would seeing Lucifer and God be a metaphor for his (assumed)
homosexuality? Couldn't it be any other thing? Like the last of the compound
ghost's gifts reserved for age?
...the shame of motives late revealed,
And the awareness of things ill done, and done to others' harm...
To my mind, TSE would have been far too intelligent (even at a time
stigmatizing homosexuality far more than ours) to be feeling guilty of his
sexual preferences, whatever they may have been. Oscar Wilde, as a
self-professed homosexual, had never been, for one, in spite of the dire
consequences he had to bear.
It seems to me that you had brought up a similar line of reasoning in this
Perhaps your wild assumptions prove the point that TSE's enigmatic oeuvre
can be filled with with each reader's personal meaning -- and preoccupation.