_Stark_ pessimism is probably a bit strong. Both this and the couplet Rick
quotes are a bit too glib to be convincing. They are a college student
trying out attitudes. The _other_ passages Rick quotes in his second post,
however, are quite another matter. Whatever they are, they are not glib.
From: T. S. Eliot Discussion forum. [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
Of Chokh Raj
Sent: Friday, November 26, 2010 10:02 PM
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Subject: Re: Attitudes / PrejudiceHere is a famous brief account of change
in the modern relations and thought. Does it in any way resemble Eliot's
various comments on modern culture in either his prose works or his poems?
I'm sorry to point it out, Rick, but a perusal of page 40 at the following
link shows that Eliot's "heart really isn't in what he is saying" in his
graduation ode -- it's starkly pessimistic:
"Thus is the end of every tale: 'Farewell,'
A word that echoes like a funeral bell".
--- On Fri, 11/26/10, Rickard A. Parker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Carrol Cox wrote:
> Here is a famous brief account of change in the modern relations and
> thought. Does it in any way resemble Eliot's various comments on modern
> culture in either his prose works or his poems?
> All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and
> prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new formed ones become
> antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all
> that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober
> senses his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind'.
And let thy motto be, proud and serene,
Still as the years pass by, the word "Progress!"