A lot of it is, and it was Eliot, after all, who said that, along with
his close friend Mary Hutchinson and many since. I don't know who "they"
are assumed to be here. The personal and social are not disconnected,
and Eliot was horrified and stressed personally by the War.
The second part of the passage below, by the way, was written well
before the War.
>>> Chanan Mittal 07/10/15 4:15 PM >>>
And they said it's a "personal" wasteland.
On Friday, July 10, 2015, Chanan Mittal wrote:
> What is that sound high in the air
> Murmur of maternal lamentation
> Who are those hooded hordes swarming
> Over endless plains, stumbling in cracked earth
> Ringed by the flat horizon only
> What is the city over the mountains
> Cracks and reforms and bursts in the violet air
> Falling towers
> Jerusalem Athens Alexandria
> Vienna London
> A woman drew her long black hair out tight
> And fiddled whisper music on those strings
> And bats with baby faces in the violet light
> Whistled, and beat their wings
> And crawled head downward down a blackened wall
> And upside down in air were towers
> Tolling reminiscent bells, that kept the hours
> And voices singing out of empty cisterns and exhausted wells.
> On Friday, July 10, 2015, David Boyd > wrote:
>> please refer to my recently-forwarded post re this topic. I should
>> mentioned that things got worse for that particular wife - further
>> re casualty records etc revealed that another of her brothers was
>> year or so later, so two young men from the same family were
>> doubtless not uncommon then, but almost inconceivable now.
>> On 10 July 2015 at 04:38, P wrote:
>>> There’s a new archive available telling the stories of families who
>>> through World War I. “The Army Children of the First World War
>>> set up as a digital archive to tell the stories of ordinary people
>>> lived through the 1914-1918 conflict. The aim was to inspire both
>>> old to connect with the events of a century ago. Those behind the
>>> stuck to their promise of uploading a new image every week and few
>>> on the website is packed with images and postcards written by
>>> the frontline and sent back to loved ones in Leeds.”