> To be devisive is
> to set people who (allegedly) should be friends at enmity with each
Although that's pretty much what I think of when I hear the word divisive, I
was interested to find that the OED Online gives, as the first definition of
"divisive*," the following:
"having the quality or function of dividing; causing or expressing division
or distribution; making or perceiving distinctions, analytical."
To me, that actually seems fairly close to what Diane means; I think she;s
saying that Eliot's poetry has "the quality or function or dividing" man
from god, or it "makes or perceives distinctions" between those metaphysical
The meaning Carroll refers to is given second: "Producing or tending to
division, disunion, dissension, or discord."
*The OED Online gives no results for "devisive."