Up to your usual excellent standard, Rickard.
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From: "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 2:27 AM
Subject: Re: Dynamo, Flanagan, and that "third scene" from Sweeney Agonistes
> Tom Colket quoted Haille Flanagan:
> > And he [Eliot] went on to develop the point that a poem may be like a
> > still life, the meaning of which we do not formulate - "We merely
> > estimate the way the painter has used planes and angles."
> A travelling art exhibit "Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective
> Exhibition" has made the rounds and has appeared at the Tate in London
> and the Prado in Madrid. For JUST A FEW DAYS MORE it will be in New
> York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As part of the exhibition
> is Bacon's 'Triptych Inspired By T.S. Eliot's poem "Sweeney Agonistes."'
> Here is a description of the paintings (see also below):
> Triptych Inspired By T.S. Eliot's poem "Sweeney Agonistes," which now
> hangs in the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, dates from 1967. It is a
> very large oil on canvas in three panels; each measures 78 by 58
> The one at the left depicts two women, nude, lying down and possibly
> dead. There are signs of violence or at least carelessness in the
> In the middle panel a murder has probably taken place, although there
> no body; blood-stained clothes and ransacked luggage strongly suggest
> that impression. In the right panel two men, also nude, embrace in a
> manner reminiscent of a pair of wrestlers that Bacon has been painting
> for many years, based on a famous series of photographs taken more
> a century ago by the American Edward Muybridge. The context is
> and at one side of this panel there is the reflection of a man
> telephoning, I suppose, the police. There is much here to disturb the
> spectator's imagination.
> For images visit:
> Painting description was taken from
> And that is the online version of this essay:
> T.S. Eliot In the Postmodern Age
> Ashley Brown
> The Virginia Quarterly Review
> Autumn 1989, pp.693-701
> This essay is worth a least a quick scan.
> Rick Parker