Yours is a more articulate expression of my reaction, than my own way
of putting it, Vishvesh. I found myself also wishing there were some
to form. Form is not just a frame from which we abstract meaning, or a
out of which we pour our thoughts. It is a crucial part of the experience.
I look forward to the day when this medium fulfills its oral potential,
we can speak to how a passage is expressed, as much as to "what"
(so-called) it says.
Vishvesh Obla wrote:
>order to search for a way out of the moral and
>spiritual chaos of the
>modern world, Eliot traveled back to the original
>spirit of the
>Pre-Socratic philosophy, Heraclitus' logos, and
>absorbed the primal
>spring of the Oriental philosophies and thus succeeds
>in achieving a
>rich fusion of Oriental and Occidental wisdom.”
>I was looking at the construction of the above
>passage, and found it worth discussing. One of the
>glaring deficiencies I find in modern writing,
>particularly in most of the academic papers is that
>most of the sentences and the phrases that follow each
>other are loosely constructed and hence lack in
>coherence. I am not looking down my nose at the
>passage but trying to articulate some of my thoughts I
>often come across while I read academic material.
>It is the researcher’s contention that Eliot sought to
>explore the “original” spirit of the various things he
>quotes to find out a way out of the moral and
>spiritual chaos of the modern world. One sees no
>problem with a contention as that as long as it could
>be substantiated, which I would guess the researcher
>must have done in his thesis. What strikes me is how
>Eliot ‘succeeds’ in achieving a “rich” fusion, after
>having ‘absorbed’ the “primal” spring of the oriental
>philosophies (the double quotes are used to emphasize
>the stock words I have always observed whenever I read
>Eliot’s works in this context; many adjectives as them
>sound stale not only when they don’t have an
>associating context, but are used just as stock words
>that sound ornamental than mean anything). There is
>nothing of a qualifier for the word ‘succeeds’ (note
>the ‘thus’ that precedes it) and hence the sentence
>hangs lifeless on its own without the strength of a
>Language has life and Eliot was one of the masters who
>made us aware of it. Needless to say that it is much
>more than a sense of logic. The thinking mind
>displays its value in accordance to how it expresses
>it. I don’t see the above error as a semantic issue
>or something of a careless negligence, for I observe
>such errors in different degrees in most of the
>academic material I read.
>And it is precisely my concern with such issues that I
>associated with some of the points I tried to make in
>the Internet thread.
>--- "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>I haven't read this yet (and may never) but it
>>looked like it could be
>>of interest to some. It is a 825 KB PDF file.
>>The Logos and Tao: The Fusion Zone of Oriental and
>>Occidental Wisdom in T. S. Eliot's
>>By Show-May Fang
>>Advisor: Dr. Don McDermott
>>T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets is a significant
>>document that records a
>>poet's exploration in a world vacant of basic
>>values, in which people
>>race madly for power and technological advance. The
>>quartets not only
>>probe the soul but explore the history of men. For
>>Eliot, however, the
>>concept of art as ontological significance does not
>>take a work of art
>>for the bearer of truth or meaning, but sees it in
>>itself as truth and
>>meaningful, and therefore never devoid of meaning.
>>The proper making
>>of the poem is a form of right action and a part of
>>the religious duty
>>of the poet, so the quartets are continually
>>concerned with the right
>>words as well as the poet's spiritual journey in the
>>muddy world. In
>>order to search for a way out of the moral and
>>spiritual chaos of the
>>modern world, Eliot traveled back to the original
>>spirit of the
>>Pre-Socratic philosophy, Heraclitus' logos, and
>>absorbed the primal
>>spring of the Oriental philosophies and thus
>>succeeds in achieving a
>>rich fusion of Oriental and Occidental wisdom.
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