At 03:05 PM 2/23/2007, Diana Manister wrote:
>CR: the lampooning humor of this rhyme alone should dispel any notion that
>Eliot is portraying Bleistein with either admiration or sympathy:
>"A saggy bending of the knees
>Chicago Semite Viennese. "
>This jibe is only one instance of how Eliot's between-the-lines
>expression of contempt plays out.
There may be expressions of contempt, but not Eliot's, and, really,
Eliot just isn't as superficial as he would have to be for your statement
to be true. If you have time to read through the postings of the Brown
reading that I mentioned yesterday or day before, you may see that (again)
Chicago Semite Viennese is in one instance Eliot-Bleistein and in another
When I was younger, quite a bit, I had the idea that the poetry of my
time should be in words that were themselves something like hyperlinks
today (not the concept I used then, of course), each word bristling with
meanings and directions such that a 30 line poem might be akin to a 300
page book. I didn't know that Eliot had done that in Poems 1920. First
impressions notwithstanding, Burbank:Bleistein isn't going to yield itself
to a reading that does not appreciate its composition.