A fascinating connection, Tom.
Please do post if you come to any more conclusions or
links on the topic.
--- Tom Colket <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> A while back, I posted a quote from a book Eliot
> read (Underhill's
> "Mysticism") that discusses the "three deep cravings
> of the self, three
> great expressions of man's restlessness, which only
> mystic truth can fully
> satisfy", namely,
> a) the craving for home.
> b) the craving of the soul for a perfect mate.
> c) the craving for inward purity and perfection.
> In the previous post, I suggested ways in which
> Eliot's "The Waste Land"
> expressed these themes.
> As I was re-reading "Lune de Miel" during our
> current discussion of the
> poem, it occurs to me that at least the first two of
> these three 'cravings'
> are similarly expressed.
> I suppose that's why the protagonists in the poem
> are honeymooners: they
> have found a mate to love to try to satisfy a
> craving of the soul, but they
> don't yet fully realize they are really craving
> God's love.
> Hmmm. . . For the teachers out there, I detect a
> maddening take-home exam
> question: "Compare the themes of Eliot's 'Lune de
> Miel' and 'The Waste Land'
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