From: "Rickard A Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
> A number of our reactions are quite
> similar but a good number of your responses were not describing the
> **affects** Eliot was driving for but the **feelings** you had. That
> is to say you had a number of responses where you had intellectual
Given the multiplicity of voices ("He do the police in different voices")
and how the so-called personages (E's word in the notes) have no
substance of their own, it seems to me that the only unifying character is
reader herself. She constructs the poem, sometimes with feeling, sometimes
with analytical response. Sometimes intuitively and sometimes with
"You have the scene arrange itself/As it will seem to do."
A good reader can deliberately read the poem in such a way as to make the
unique, and perhaps unrepeatable, if it has not been recorded.
The fascinating thing is the poem's coherence while being so disconnected.
Sometimes I think the problem lies in the tendency to treat it like
a Shakespeareian or Browning dramatic monologue, when
it is really quite a different entity. Bringing S's or B's aesthetic to it,
is like bringing Rembrandt's or Reubens (&c.) aesthetic to a Picasso
painting. About all they have in common (for the most part anyway)
is that they are four sided.
I still preach the mystery of the space between the lines.