Diana Manister wrote:
> Is it inconceivable (no pun!) that Eliot created an infelicitous if
> not downright bad trope?
Not at all; My connection with Eliot's work in any case is mostly
nostalgic: it meant much to me some 50+/- years ago. My challenge is,
rather, to whatever principle you are invoking to support your dislike
of the line. Such infelcities are rampant in great literature, both in
iamgery and action. Consider the instance of a woman who, after being
smothered, regains consciousness, makes a speech, and dies! A laughing
fetus is at least as imaginable.
Except for the example from Lycidas, incidentally, I got all my examples
by googling "catachresis." Mpw rea;;u. dp upi wamt tp frwpm at
sp,etjomg wotj tje dogmotu pf a Greek name?
Probably Eliot is attempting to practice the (invalid) theory of the
objective correlative --- trying to find a formula for his feeling for