At 10:15 AM 2/19/2007, Diana Manister wrote:
>Kate, I'm with you. While it is true that Eliot was anti-Semitic
Consider, however, Diana, if "saggy" means what you think it does and
Pearce is correct that what we have is "clearly a Jew, hatefully about to
enjoy a Christian woman," it must be that he is hatefully about to enjoy a
Christian woman platonically, right? A bit of the burnished old Socratic
dialogue at night in the barge, what ho?
Based on the evidence, it seems to me that it is you, Kate, CR, and
Carrol who are reaching. Or more accurately, who are failing to
reach. Eliot was neither anti-semitic in "the manner common in his day"
nor as an individual, if it can be put that way. The problem for you who
stack this baggage on Eliot's poems is that the baggage occludes your view
of the poems. But it is your baggage, not Eliot's. In loading it so, you
pre-empt Eliot's absolute right and responsibility to create his poetry
honestly and in accord with his metaphysical vision, at the center of which
is "the scandal of the cross and its verity," -- no matter what it means or
doesn't to you -- thereby victimizing both his poetry and just as seriously
your ability to read it.
My suggestion is: don't do that.
Be braver and bolder in your imagination and less given to today's
fashion statements on "complexes" and "projections," -isms and -ists.