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In a message dated 2/19/03 3:02:06 AM !!!First Boot!!!,
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> couldn't agree more. It is definitely NOT a poem ABOUT perception, or only
> incidentally so. It IS a set of perceptions. The perceptions are to be
> experienced, not merely understood. If Eliot had wanted in this
> instance to be understood, he would have written an essay. He was
> creating an experience, parts of which are, I am sure, reducible
> to concepts, or cannot work without conceptual contexts, but they
> are parts, not the whole. Meet Mr. sweeney. He has an apeneck, &c, &c &c.
> Some things give me the impression he might be related to Wyndham
> Lewis' Tyro. He's a bit of a mystery. He has a lot of seaweed from the
> past draped all over him. Who of us has ever understood anyone?
> Still, that doesn't mean you shouldn't get to know him a bit better.
>

So, are you saying that you disagree with my interpretation of the poem?