Somehow a squat seems a position that is ready for action -- a wound up
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From: "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, October 22, 2011 5:06 AM
Subject: Re: The Jew in Eliot's poetry (anti-semitism and objective
> 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
>> in a commissioned work or because they have say an oblong canvas or they
>> working with found objects.
>> So just like the Maori in the coin where do you think the squatting comes
>> - at the start of the thought or a word choice once the figure is
>> 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
> that you
> 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
> lines of
> the poem are composed of one syllable, a one syllable verb plus an ending
> a compound word (land-lord) and most have a harder sound. That pretty
> explains the use of "squats" over "perches" on its sound value. The use
> "squats" for its imagery is, as you've seen, is more debatable.
> Rick Parker