and we all go with them, into the silent funeral,
Nobody's funeral, for there is no one to bury.
Carrol Cox wrote:
>Nancy Gish wrote:
>>On the other hand, I agree in general about "characters," but there are
>>some. I think Sweeney is a "character" even outside "Sweeney
>>Agonistes." And I think Lil and her interlocutor are "characters."
>>Perhaps the point is that at times Eliot's poems are dramatic or have
>>dramatic sections, as "A Game of Chess" is.
>"Character" does ordinarily evoke the question of "character
>development," as in a novel or drama. And there is certainly not much of
>that in Eliot's poetry. But it could be used simply to refer to an
>reference to an agent (other than the poem's controlling voice), however
>undramatized or undeveloped, that enters the poem. E.g.
> In the room the women come and go
>or the small house agent's clerk, or even the "loitering heirs of City
>directors." Eliot's poems are often populated. I don't know what would
>be accomplished by looking over characters so identified, but one never
>knows. Walk-on parts as it were.
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