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Does it really say "pardon's"?
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From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, September 22, 2006 3:13 PM
Subject: Re: Eliot and Unitarianism


> Diana Manister wrote:
> > 
> > CR wrote: I'm sorry but your remark, "Eliot, though an imaginative
> > genius, had his own divisive vision. Alas." is rather off-the-cuff,
> > Diana.There should be no confusion on this count if one reads Lyndon
> > Gordon's "Eliot's Early Years". I got my basic clarity on the subject
> > from it.
> > 
> > CR: Rather than off the cuff, my remark was based on documentation as
> > cited in this excerpt from the Boston Globe: [clip]
> 
> Time that is intolerant
> Of the brave and innocent,
> And indifferent in a week
> To a beautiful physique,
> 
> Worships language and forgives
> Everyone by whom it lives;
> Pardons cowardice, conceit,
> Lays its honours at their feet.
> 
> Time that with this strange excuse
> Pardoned Kipling and his views,
> And will pardon Paul Claudel,
> Pardon's him *for writing well.
> W.H. Auden
> *Yeats
> 
> [Incidentally, pay no attention to that drunken lickspittle turncoat
> Hitchens.]
> 
> The sense of the world and of human life embodied in Gerontion, the
> Sweeney poems, TWL, and 4Q may be pretty offensive, but one can say the
> same of Easter 1916 or France, an Ode or Epistle II (To a Lady) or
> Religio Laici (the last by a turncoat like Hitchens), but they all meet
> Auden's criterion ("by whom it [language] lives"), and in addition the
> significance of any poem is not limited to its meaning -- i.e., the
> "application" of a poem is up to the reader.
> 
> Carrol
> 
> P.S. Is anyone on this list a reader of Gertrude Stein? I suppose it's
> sort of futile to start reading her at the age of 76 (one's brain
> becomes brittle), but I'm almost to page 200 of her "A Novel of Thank
> You" and am fascinated though I as yet can make no sense of it.  It has
> some wonderful sentences, e.g.,
> 
> "Once upon a time there came to be left altogether to himself the one
> who came to see him too and very likely they did exchange saying who
> could have been made to look as well and as often as they had
> occasionally wished it to be by themselves." (Chapter CLXXI, p. 147
> Dalkey edition)
> 
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