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
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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