The sleek Brazilian jaguar
Deos not in its aboreal gloom
Distill so rank a feline smell
As Grishkin in a drawing room.
When the bridegroom smoothed his hair
There was blood upon the bed.
Morning was already late.
Children singing in the orchard
(Io Hymen, HymenŠe)
Published in Facsimile:
Leaving the bubbling beverage to cool,
Fresca slips softly to the needful stool,
Where the pathetic tale of Richardson
Eases her labour until the deed is done.
. . .
Fresca! in other time or place had been
A meek and lowly weeping Magdalene;
More sinned against than sinning, bruised of marred,
The lazy laughing Jenny of the bard.
(The same eternal and consuming itch
Can make a martyr or plain simple bitch);
Or prudent sly domestic puss puss cat,
Or Autumn's favourite in a furnished flat,
Or strolling slattern in a tawdry gown,
A doorstep dunged by every dog in town.
[It was Pound who removed this stuff from TWL.]
>>> [log in to unmask] 09/12/05 9:23 AM >>>
' I see echoes of Swift in TSE's image of women: for
instance both of them were bothered by the fact that
women had bodily functions '
I remember a stanza from Swift that Lawrence quoted
often which went like this:
'but celia s***s...' (to rhyme with spits)
Can't remember a similar kind of repulsion in Eliot
though ! Can you throw some light?
--- "Loucks, James" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi Ken, -- It's been entertaining to see the
> brouhaha over the last decade over TSE, involving as
> it did M. Hastings, Tom Paulin, Raine, et al. I
> think it was a salutary thing because it aired
> issues that had been lurking and needed to be outed,
> including TSE's alleged misogyny.
> Speaking of which, I see echoes of Swift in TSE's
> image of women: for instance both of them were
> bothered by the fact that women had bodily functions
> (Swift once mentioned "periodic filth," if I recall
> correctly). Maybe Swift, like TSE, suffered from
> horror feminae?
> I think more needs to be done with TDE's links with
> Augustan figures such as Swift and Pope (whose
> couplets were "pastiched" in the TWL Ms.). -- Jim
> James Loucks, Ph.D.
> Ohio State University-Newark
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> From: T. S. Eliot Discussion forum. on behalf of Ken
> Sent: Sun 11-Sep-05 6:11 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Craig Raine (was Re: Echoes of Eliot)
> Thanks for this reference to Raine. I took my Sunday
> "free time" and went
> directly to the library to scope out his _In Defence
> of T S Eliot_. Who
> could resist that title, at least on this list? I'm
> not sure in what way he
> is arch in his defence of TSE -- it all seemed
> rather measured and calm
> (and witty--hope that doesn't mean he's a neocon! :
> ) -- but he does have
> the merits of being logical and factual to a fault.
> Very enjoyable. And in
> the often-thought-but-ne'er-so-well-expressed dept.,
> he's read my mind and
> better said it on C. Ricks. His piece on Salinger
> and _Catcher in the Rye_
> shone real light, too. A pleasure to meet Mr. Raine.
> Ken A.
> At 12:11 PM 9/10/2005, you wrote:
> >Kate -- I think Kathleen Raine got into religious
> verse in her later years
> >(or am I thinking of another woman poet?). Do you
> know if she is related
> >to Craig Raine, an arch-defender of TSE? -- Jim
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