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.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2010 2:18 PM
Subject: Re: 'Gerontion' -- the dramatic arc
> Yes I know you're right about that. But appeals to tense don't always
> settle disputes about meaning in English either, as evidenced by "Us
> he devours."
"Us he devours" may be ongoing but that doesn't mean that
he is devouring me now. First he devoured my grandparents,
then my parents and soon he'll chew me up.