Now Carrol, I don't know what you think my purposes are that
they should be ignored, so I find this kind of thing a bit beneath you.
CR presented the possibility of a kind of dramatic arc in the
poem. His idea hasn't got much traction with most
folks on the list, but I wanted to see if there could be a reading of the
poem that would justify that hypothesis. That is my purpose.
The poem contains A LOT of Chritian elements and so they need to be dealt
Are we to pretend they aren't there?
Your assumption that I have some nefarious agenda is just unjustified,
but I can see that getting into any details of a Christian nature might be
askance by some people. Such a prejudice is about the same as anti-semetism,
but with another religion.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2010 8:31 AM
Subject: Re: 'Gerontion' -- the dramatic arc
> Nancy, I suggest dividing posts into those which attempt to read the
> poem (whether their readings are correct or incor) and those that are
> chasing some other goal. Respond to the former, ignore the latter. Peter
> is not interested in Gerontion but in using it for his own purposes;
> skip his posts.
> > Nancy Gish wrote:
> > First, he was not then an "ex-believer"; one might call him then a
> > "pre-believer." Second the attribution of Christianity to Eliot
> > is--later--accurate but not in 1920, and it is not I who made it.
> > Whatever is the point here? The general Christian history and
> > tradition of Europe and within the literature Eliot affirmed is both
> > obvious and not at issue.
> > Nancy