One success of the poem is that its wholeness or
integrity cannot be reduced to one or more of the
various categories into which we like to reduce things.
It is an extension or enhancement of awareness, a
"really new" work. Rather than trying to reduce it,
we should be looking at how it enlarges our awareness.
That I think can be exmined best by approaching its technique,
rather than its content, although such an examination
need not exclude its content.
"These fragments I have shored against my ruins".
(I always thought it was "ruin" for some reason,
but Rick's text has it as ruins. Wrong all these years.
Who would have thunk?)
Good old flying buttresses. I shall dream of them tonight.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Seddon" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 8:23 PM
Subject: Re: Water in TWL--why?
> To me both Pound and Eliot seemed to be working to some sense of the parts
> fitting together. They seemed to think that there was some whole into
> a variety of very fine poetry did not fit. Examples are "Gerotion" and
> ship board scene. Other poetry was added, after Pounds condensation,
> Eliot seemed to feel fit in with and enhanced the rest. You seem to be
> denying a "whole" for the poem that I think TSE and Pound saw and molded
> pieces about. Please don't ask me what that whole might be for I have no
> idea either. :>) But, as I have learned and am still learning, because I
> can't get my mind around something does not mean it is not a whole thing.
> It may be a Forest.
> Rick Seddon
> Portales, NM
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