Earls, JP wrote:
>So, in a word, I would say that 4Q gives no more attention to Paradiso than to the other two divisions of the Comedy and possibly less than it does to Purgatory.
There are the images of the London Underground and "Dark, Dark Dark",
not to mention "the waste, sad time, stretching before and after" to
mention a few.
I think the inferno is there as a strong sub-test. "Dust ina an old
>(Charles Williams in, I believe, "All Hallows' Eve" makes the same parallel between blitzed London as providing the same alternatives to the afterlife.)
Eliot wrote a preface thereto. E. & W. were colleagues in a
London Church outreach Society, along with Dorothy Sayer.
W. wwrote a complimentary article on E.'s poetry.
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>Subject: Four Quartets and "Tradition" - a query
>I tucked the following paragraph into a post on a quite different topic
>over two years ago. As far as I can remember or discover in any saved
>posts, there was no response. I think the question is more interesting
>than conducting a grilling cross-examination of a poster on just
>exactly what did she mean in such and such a sentence. Anyhow, I'm
>interested if anyone has any ideas on the topic.
>Query: Did Eliot intend (or to what extent did he intend) the reader
>consciously to observe a link between the 4Q and Dante's _Paradiso_? Say
>of the sort between TWL and the Canterbury Tales established by the
>first line of that poem. I would assume that the pervasive use of
>imagery echoing the four elements in 4Q links that poem -- or those
>poems - to the echo of Chaucer in TWL??*****
>If there is an intended link, then the tattered arras of East Coker also
>points back to Dante (in my beginning is my end) and through Dante the
>compound ghost incorporates Virgil & through Virgil Homer???????
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