"In art there should be interpenetration and metamorphosis. Even The
can be read in two ways: as s collection of entertaining myths, or as a
the vanished mind of which our mind is a continuation. In everything in
the Sacre du
Printemps, except in the music, one missed the sense of the present.
Stravinsky's music be permanent or ephemeral I do not know; but it did
transform the rhythm of the steppes into the scream of the motor horn,
the rattle of
machinery, the grind of wheels, the beating of iron and steel, the roar
underground railway, and the other barbaric cries of modern life; and to
these despairing noises into music."
Eliot, "London Letter" (71.4) 453.
"London Letter", Dial, 71.4 (October, 1921) 452 - 455.
robert meyer wrote:
>There's a quote near the bottom on the web page Peter sent:
>"Even The Golden Bough can be read in two ways: as a collection of
>entertaining myths, or as a revelation of that vanished mind of which our
>mind is a continuation” (Eliot, “The Rite of Spring and The Golden Bough”).
>that I've never heard of. Does anyone here know where it is found (maybe
>some book of TSE essays)? I've always felt that there was some spiritual
>connection between TWL and the Stravinsky ballet, and when I read pages
>112-113 of Ackroyd's TSE bio (concerning the summer of 1921, when he
>actually saw it performed) I knew I was right. Now I'm curious about this
>essay. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
>Back to TWL Notes proper, it seems like they change the poem into a
>dramatic performance, like a one person play, where the narrator is an
>intellectual unconnected with his or her emotions (a 'Tiresias' who knows
>all these obscure things but cannot feel); very similar to the way the
>'narrator character' of the "Poems 1920" collection is defined by the
>extreme obscurity of the epigraphs, the only ones that an 'average reader'
>would have access to would be the Colossians (from the New Testament) for
>"The Hippo" and the Measure For Measure (from Shakespeare, but even that is
>a much less performed play than hits like Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Midsummer
>Night's Dream, etc) for "Gerontion".
>>From: Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]>
>>To: <[log in to unmask]>
>>Date: 7/27/2005 3:20:05 PM
>>Subject: Re: TWL Notes
>>Here is the pub. history of TWL replete with a quote from
>>rainy day Rainey.
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