Interesting text -- thanks. I'm trying to
like Gerontion's narrator, but find it difficult.
He's such a prig. He doesn't show much Christian charity towards others.
And yes, reading the poem again I see
that he's not taking ownership of his situation. Like Fitzgerald, he
waits for a blessing from above.
What do you like about this narrator?
Seriously. Don't you find him preachy
and superior-sounding, ready to tell
everyone how it is, while sneering at
the Jew, Fresca and Fraulein von Kulp (culpable), among others? He's
not engaging at all. I don't want to know the significance of all the
names as I'm certain they demeaning.
The nuns taught us that confession is
worthless unless one tries to stop sinning, but this narrator goes along
displaying his disgust with most of humanity in an un-Christlike manner,
showing no contrition for it. How can he expect a blessing?
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On Feb 26, 2010, at 11:07 AM, Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]>
> DIana Manister wrote:
>> Dear Peter,
>> The poem's speaker seems to acknowledge his inadequacies as his
>> own, that is he is stuck because of his personal failure.
> Not really. The poem's commands to the reader to "Think" include
> this one:
> 44Neither fear nor courage saves us. Unnatural vices
> 45Are fathered by our heroism. Virtues
> 46Are forced upon us by our impudent crimes.
> 47 <http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poem/777.html#50>These
> tears are shaken from the wrath-bearing tree.
> The poem is the scene of communion and does specifically touch on
> what Peter notes. Neither fear nor courage saves us.