Then thereis, of course, the question of whether the supposed
anti-semitism in the poem is Eliot's or a reflection of the
anti-Semitism of the time, which well needed to be reflected
so as to be exposed. Dunno which side of that applies to Eliot but it
is a valid debate.
Also cf the suffering servant in Isaiah - I am a worm and no man
the lowest of the low.
Very complex. Seems to me Eliot is reflecting a complex perception
with something like a technique of negative capability. He isn't
trying to resolve the contradicitons.
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Subject: Re: Eliot and Anti-Semitism from the London Review of Books
> At 12:26 PM 2/16/2007, Carrol Cox wrote:
> >Tom Colket wrote:
> > >
> > > Maybe. But it would be helpful to at least consider what "Burbank" is
> > > before making statements like this.
> > > Maybe the poem deals with the ending of the Roman Empire and the
> > > Christianity, rather than being about a Jew hatefully about to enjoy a
> > > Christian woman.
> > >
> > > Just for your consideration . . .
> >If this is s, then we can only assume that Eliot is something of a
> >retard, to be so incapable of realizing the resonances of his chosen
> Some advice, Carrol: speak for yourself, and remember to consider the
> quality of your own figurations when espying negative qualities in others.
> The projections you see may be your own.
> >Choose: either the poem is a bad poem _or_ an anti-semitic poem. Do you
> >really think Eliot could be this obtuse?
> Of course, this compulsion to choose is completely manufactured: the
> poem is neither anti-semitic nor bad. It is difficult, and serious, though
> not so difficult that some answers should be relatively easy to find, such
> as who it is that walks on water and what is the image of Christ
> to address Diana's query.
> Ken A.
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