Yes, it is "possible" to talk about them, but it does not even
contribute to the images themselves because they do not exist in
isolation but as parts of a poem or at least a section of a poem if it
has many. So if one just wants to contemplate "water," one can. But
that does not lead to an idea about Eliot's water in TWL.
It is not "water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink" or "half
o'er, half o'er to; Aberdour/ It's fifty fadom deep," or "Unto the
boundless Ocean of thy beauty/Runs this poor river," or "the isle of
dreams,/ While we sit by sorrow's streams" or a "Favorite Cat, Drowned
in a Tub of Goldfinches" or the Wauchope and the Esk. It is Eliot's
particular water in this particular poem and inseparable from all the
other images and words and phrases.
>>> Gunnar Jauch <[log in to unmask]> 07/31/07 6:31 PM >>>
Am 31.07.2007 um 21:42 schrieb Nancy Gish:
> I would like to go back to something Carrol once wrote about. Unless
> one has some overall conception of "The Waste Land," talking about one
> image or another in isolation is impossible.
Thank you, dear Nancy,
for your words full of insight!
However, the recent topics on the list have proved that this is quite
possible, but it contributes very little (if anything at all) to the
understanding of the poem as a whole.