Apropos the Fisher King, the man with three staves --
All wastelands are one wasteland, all journeys one --
And what a vast stretch of waste sighs between
"Her drying combinations -- Out of the window perilously spread -- touched by the sun's last rays" [alterations mine]
and the Chapel Perilous -- "only the wind's home -- it has no windows, and the door swings" --
"The river's tent is broken: the last fingers of leaf
Clutch and sink into the wet bank. The wind
Crosses the brown land, unheard. The nymphs are departed."
"O the moon shone bright on Mrs. Porter
And on her daughter
They wash their feet in soda water"
"In this decayed hole among the mountains
In the faint moonlight, the grass is singing"
--- On Sun, 4/25/10, Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> He is also observable earlier in the poem musing, while fishing, on the King his brother's death and the King his father's before him, on the dull canal.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Saturday, April 24, 2010 3:58 AM
> Subject: Re: The Tarot in 'The Waste Land'
> >And at the end of my journey through the waste land, I met the Fisher
> >there he sat, fishing, the arid plain behind him, setting his lands in
> >and I saw with my own eyes how fully he was equipped, as the poet had
> >with his three staves, the three-fold mantra -- Datta, Dayadhvam,
> >and I could hear him mumble an incantation of shantih shantih shantih --
> I rather like this CR.
> Rick Parker