Thanks Ken. It doesn't mean that Eliot believed that; he just understood the
theology very clearly, and was perhaps mocking it.
That he later came to believe it creates an interesting shadow effect.
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From: "Ken Armstrong" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 7:47 AM
Subject: Re: 'Gerontion' -- the dramatic arc
> Just out of a longish meeting and refreshing the spirit for a few
> minutes reading TSE posts from latest to oldest....this is very nice
> Peter, and makes sense in a number of ways. Christ the Tiger thus
> assimilates us to the Body of Christ. In Eliot, the way up and the way
> down are often the same, and what appears to be a negative has an
> ostensibly positive import. This is so much in the grain with Eliot's
> poetry that a proposed Eliot reading should not leave home without it.
> Peter Montgomery wrote:
> > I suspect that the tiger's pouncing in spring is Jesus' resurrection.
> > In overcoming death, he devours the old man and transforms
> > human nature into something new which actually participates in
> > the divine nature as adopted sons of God.
> > Jesus did say at one point in one of the gospels, "You are as gods."
> > Hope that adds some zest to your being munched.