Excellent review and info.
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From: "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, September 29, 2007 4:16 PM
Subject: Re: Query: Eliot in Pop Culture
> Peter Montgomery wrote:
> > Did P.A. actually think that Eliot was trying to be funny in TWL?
> > I know there are a million different ways to read the poem, but as
> > funny?????
> I got the snippet of the Ackroyd review of Rowson's "The Waste Land"
> from a blurb. I have just stopped trying to find a full review on the
> web. This review is good though:
> Also, in my failed search, I found a page that has some Rowson and
> Ackroyd in it. The web page is at URL
> It is part of a website that describes itself as:
> ImageTexT is a peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to the
> interdisciplinary study of comics and related media. We are published
> by the English Department at the University of Florida with support
> from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
> It appears that the site makes heavy use of CSS style markup so hope that
> it is displayed properly.
> On the ImageTexT webpage seek out Figure 3 and the surrounding
> captions/epigraphs and the main text just following the illustration
> (by Rowson). See also footnote 6 and its accompanying drawing, figure
> 11 for Rowson's portrait of Ackroyd.
> And off topic is a bit of Dante's Inferno as translated by Tony Kline.
> The translation is at his website at URL:
> Compare the description with the picture of the town of Monteriggioni at
> Wikipedia's page of the town at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monteriggioni
> The Giants that guard the central pit (a portion of Canto 31)
> I had kept my head turned for a while in that direction, when I seemed
> to make out many high towers, at which I said: "Master, tell me what
> city this is?" And he to me: "Because your eyes traverse the darkness
> from too far away, it follows that you imagine wrongly. You will see,
> quite plainly, when you reach there, how much the sense is deceived by
> distance, so press on more strongly." Then he took me, lovingly, by
> the hand, and said: "Before we go further, so that the reality might
> seem less strange to you, know that they are Giants, not towers, and
> are in the pit, from the navel downwards, all of them, around its
> As the eye, when a mist is disappearing, gradually recreates
> what was hidden by the vapour thickening the air, so, while
> approaching closer and closer to the brink, piercing through that
> gross, dark atmosphere, error left me, and my fear increased. As
> Montereggione crowns its round wall with towers, so the terrible
> giants, whom Jupiter still threatens from the heavens, when he
> thunders, turreted with half their bodies the bank that circles the
> Rick Parker
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