Diana Manister wrote:
> For example, Calvin Bedient, in his book He Do the Police in Different
> Voices, offers his speculations on the corpse planted in the garden:
> "Is it the Primal Father who lies in the garden, killed yet restored
> to a still-phallic life in a nonthreatening vegetal form, ...
> Now that's what I call wild speculation. Eliot only says it's a
> planted corpse. But Bedient's over-the-top Freudian analysis was
> published by The University of Chicago Press! ...
I bought Bedient's book on TWL, "He Do the Police in Different
Voices," years ago but always put it down soon after each attempt at
reading it. Finally I found a spot in it that caught my attention and
I stuck with it. There are a number of gems buried in the muck.
It is an excellent book to read for a description of Eliot's poetry.
Bedient breaks up the poem into sections and for most sections,
besides his reading, he also has a page or so where he talks about the
choice of words and sounds that Eliot has chosen.
Another good book for learning about Eliot's use of words is Gareth
Reeves' "T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land."