Am 08.08.2007 um 17:40 schrieb Rickard A. Parker:
> I wrote to Diana (in part and on Fri, 3 Aug 2007):
>> Somewhere in this long thread I believe you asked
>> something like "Why fear death by water?"
> Tom Gray quoted this in a reply and added (on Fri, 3 Aug 2007):
>> Doesn't Eliot provide and answer to that question?
>> "Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you"
> I'm reading your reply as Eliot setting up the comparison "Phlebas
> died and you will too." While certainly true, I don't see that as a
> reason to fear death. Diana and CR were discussing the redemptive
> quality of Phlebas' drowning. I'm not going to go that far myself
> but it doesn't appear to be a death to be feared. Nor did the
> drowning of the fishermen in the draft of the poem. Nor the allusions
> to The Tempest scattered within the poem (Those are potatoes that were
> eyes.) Other Eliot poems that have death by water also don't seem to
> me to be fearful of a death by water.
> Rick Parker
did you consider the last line of Prufrock:
"Till human voices wake us, and we drown."
They seem to imply redemption by seaweed wreathed sea-girls as well