This actually made me think of the typist scene in TWL where Eliot
would constantly lead us to expect something good only to drop us
down. For example, the expected guest ends up being a pimpled
young man. Here in the LSJAP passage we are dropped and kicked.
The overwhelming question is not brought up and our attention is
This isn't discussing the image like CR is expecting though. Maybe
it's a bit like drop-kicking the post.
> The poet chooses to elucidate the image¬ of Saint Apollinaire En Class in
> 'Lune de Miel'.¬ One would love to explore more of such¬ images as are
> described at some length. Here is another :
> ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ "certain half-deserted streets,¬
> The muttering retreats¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬
> Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels¬
> And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:¬
> Streets that follow like a tedious argument¬
> Of insidious intent¬
> To lead you to an overwhelming question ‚Ä¶"
> The amount of pain the¬ poet took to elaborate on them underscores
> their¬ crucial nature apropos the implicit/explicit design of his poetry.
> ¬ CR