Peter wrote, in response to Diana:
>Eliot and Anti-Semitism (again)
>From Edward Pearce
>'The jew is underneath the lot' is beyond exculpation,
>pure Julius Streicher. Sir Ferdinand Klein, clipper of the lion's rump,
>entertained by Princess Volupine, is clearly a Jew, hatefully about
>to enjoy a Christian woman.
Maybe. But it would be helpful to at least consider what "Burbank" is about
before making statements like this.
Have you considered that the 'jew underneath the lot' could be a reference
to Jesus Christ, the Jew?
Or that the name "Sir Ferdinand Klein" references three countries: England
[Sir], Spain [Ferdinand], Germany [Klein]) that happen to coincide with the
boundary of the Roman Empire (England at the northwest, Spain at the
southwest, Germany at the northeast boundary)?
Maybe the poem deals with the ending of the Roman Empire and the coming of
Christianity, rather than being about a Jew hatefully about to enjoy a
Just for your consideration . . .
-- Tom --
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