Would you explain why white on white is ironic?
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On Mar 9, 2010, at 3:35 AM, Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]>
> The image of white feathers in the snow, or white on white is a
> fascinating one, and the kind of ironic image Eliot seems to have
> made his own from the metaphysical poets. The straits business
> reminds me of a Donne line about "per fretum febris, through these
> to die".
> I must confess, Carrol, that I've lost the thread of exactly what
> after, so if I've totally blown it here, I guess you'll have to put
> me in
> kill file too. This was an earnest attempt to contribute to your
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Monday, March 08, 2010 10:10 AM
> Subject: Re: Eliot's Readership & the Poems
>> Both "claims" and "the gulf claims" are instances in which the local
>> context is completely ambiguous and explication must appeal to a
>> context, how much larger I don't know. From the local context it is
>> even clear whether "claims" is a singular verb or aplural noun, with
>> "gulf" either the subject of the v erb or a noun modifier of
>> as a plural noun: the claims of the gulf.