Sometime back I wrote that despite Eliot's labelling of himself a royalist
in politics, one could discover in his work "the rebellious, destabilizing, liberating aspects of art". What I had in mind was not so much his radical innovations in poetic technique as his belying his avowed "royalist" stance in displaying a humanitarian and compassionate sensitivity towards the plight of the underdog in 'Preludes', 'Rhapsody on a Windy Night', 'Morning at the Window', 'Le Director', and 'The Waste Land'. This aspect is quite pronounced in 'Murder in the Cathedral':
CHORUS: We have not been happy, my Lord, we have not
We are not ignorant women, we know what we must
expect and not expect.
We know of oppression and torture,
We know of extortion and violence,
The old without fire in winter,
The child without milk in summer,
Our labour taken away from us,
Our sins made heavier upon us.
I read somewhere a critic calling TSE a Christian socialist.
It intrigues me not a little. Could someone enlighten me?