On 10/20/2011 6:30 PM, Peter Dillane wrote:
> Interesting thought Rickard; If a poet were formulating an image starting
> with a window and its attendant architecture a figure of a person how do
> you decide on the word for what the figure does.
> In the plastic arts people often start with a structural obligation either
> in a commissioned work or because they have say an oblong canvas or they are
> working with found objects.
> So just like the Maori in the coin where do you think the squatting comes in
> - at the start of the thought or a word choice once the figure is imagined
> but needs to be concisely separated from part of any scene which might be
> part of the window itself.
To handle paragraph 3 first: I would expect that Eliot came up with the
first then chose the word "squats." This is no better than any answer
might get from any freshman in a poetry class though.
As for your first paragraph: Most of the words Eliot has in the first 16
the poem are composed of one syllable, a one syllable verb plus an ending or
a compound word (land-lord) and most have a harder sound. That pretty much
explains the use of "squats" over "perches" on its sound value. The use of
"squats" for its imagery is, as you've seen, is more debatable.