Hello to all,

I am new to this list, and not a literary person by trade... because I am a 
scientist, an engineer  in silicon device manufacturing.

My interest started a few months ago, by chance, I did not know anything 
about Eliot before that... but this is the way new interests are born, and 
now most of my attention and free time are centered on The Waste Land. I am 
committed to translate Eliot in Italian, as a present for a late friend.

This is why I decided to join the list. Please forgive me if my comments 
are naive, not particularly learned.

And now let me try with the connection of the verses:

           201 They wash their feet in soda water
           202 Et, O ces voix d'enfants, chantant dans la coupole!
           203 Twit twit twit

<wash their feet>, could be read <wash their intimate parts>, as in some 
sort of street song.
Mrs Potter and her daughter making preparation for sex. Are they 
prostitutes? I have read about this possibility somewhere.

Then the celestial voices of children choir, a very positive vision of the 
sexual act. The subjective  experience of Sweeney, maybe?

And the last verse is a bird's voice, followed by a strong recall to the 
change of Philomel, described in the preceding section of the poem.

Then, we could say that the three verses refer tothree different 
grammatical subjects, and their connecting thread is sex, in different 
contexts: from detached trade to positively involved pleasure, to flight 
from the extreme of violence and rape.

Again Eliot exploring the path from real life (so happily simmering in sin 
that it does not even need to pay attention to the possibility of 
salvation), followed by the illusion of liberation in the form of an 
ephemeral pleasure. After this, a new set of verses starts, recalling the 
difficult gift given by the gods to Philomel, freed from the barbarian king 
by her metamorphosys into a bird. Is this already her redemption? is she saved?

Am I going too far?

and who is Tereu?



At 20:55 16/07/01, Rickard A Parker wrote:
>Marcia Karp wrote:
> > After I read "April ..." I then read the next line and the next.  When
> > I encounter "Mixing memory ..." I trust there is a connection to the
> > first line.
>It may be misplaced trust.
>Are the people in the following lines the same people?  If you trust
>the lines they are but I rather doubt it.
>           5 Winter kept us warm, covering
>             ...
>           8 Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee
>Make a connection between these lines without writing an essay:
>           201 They wash their feet in soda water
>           202 Et, O ces voix d'enfants, chantant dans la coupole!
>           203 Twit twit twit
>    Rick Parker