In re-reading my previous post, I see an ambiguity that I want to clear up.
Let me re-phrase the sentence as:
I think that the poem is more along the lines of: Sweeney has more in common
with Christ than the church elite has in common with Christ.
- Tom -
>From: Tom Colket <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: Re: Eliot and Anti-Semitism from the London Review of Books
>Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 07:47:58 -0500
>Robert Meyer wrote:
>>Sweeney could be like the "Baptized God" but instead is only taking a
>The entire poem up until the final stanza has been about the educated elite
>of the church. The poem's language is filled with "big words" like
>"superfetation", "piaculative", the Greek phrase "to en" (written in Greek
>letters), etc. Sweeney pops up wholly unexpectedly like this:
>Sweeney shifts from ham to ham
>Stirring the water in his bath.
>The masters of the subtle schools
>Are controversial, polymath.
>Earlier in the poem we had this other reference to a "bath":
>A painter of the Umbrian school
>Designed upon a gesso ground
>The nimbus of the Baptized God.
>The wilderness is cracked and browned
>But through the water pale and thin
>Still shine the unoffending feet
>And there above the painter set
>The Father and the Paraclete.
>I don't think the idea is that Sweeney is only taking a bath. I think it's
>more along the lines that Sweeney has more in common with Christ than the
>church elite. That's why there are two baths in the poem, and the second
>one is not being taken by the "masters of the subtle schools". The final
>stanza contrasts Sweeney with those masters.
>- Tom -
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