From: "Ken Armstrong" <[log in to unmask]>
> Problem is, we don't agree on what we know on that subject. Part of
> we know, or could know, is what the poems say. The autobiographical poems
> of Poems 1920 directly reflect Christ the owner of souls (Gerontion) and
> Christ the divinity above and below all creation (Burbank). Gerontion, a
> trek through history and literary styles to its dilapidated present was
> what TSE originally thought to use to introduce TWL. Sort of a "how we
> here" and "what it looks like to be here now" combination.
Not to mention Christ the tiger coming in Depraved May. Alas poor
May. I knew her Horatio (not in the biblical sense).
> > I
> >think anyone still claiming that needs to justify it as part of a
> >framework for the poem
> In effect it is not only a framework for TWL but, as suggested above,
> for Eliot's poetic career to that point and (as it turned out) afterward.
> Of course, this may look like "hindsight" now, but what would the
> alternative be?
Was it Dryden or Pope who wrote a poem about "The Hind"?
Sorry. I'm just too busy to look it up.