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Peter wrote:

"the resonances don't really work unless the lines are contiguous."

Echoes span distances, as a leitmotif in music will accrue more meaning with non-contiguous repetitions. Poetic forms like the villanelle that use recurring phrases also do not depend on contiguity for their resonances. Diana 




From:  cr mittal <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:  "T. S. Eliot Discussion forum." <[log in to unmask]>
To:  [log in to unmask]
Subject:  Re: Eliot and Anti-Semitism from the London Review of Books
Date:  Sat, 24 Feb 2007 07:30:24 -0800

In his poetry Eliot plays upon a refrain in different forms and at
  
different intervals to build up a cumulative effect. In 'Burbank'
  
the note of lust resonates loud and clear between expressions
  
such as
  
 
  
 Bleistein with a Cigar
  
 
  
 Tra-la-la-la-la-la-laire --
  
 ...goats and monkeys, with such hair too! --
  
 
  
 Her shuttered barge
Burned on the water all the day.
  
 
  
and
  
 
  
But this or such was Bleistein's way:
  
 
  
And it brings man to a state of absolute degradation and decay
  
indicated in the following lines -- the colon [:] looking forward  to
  
the aftermath of lust:
  
 
  
A saggy bending of the
knees
And elbows, with the palms turned out
  
 
  
This is a "death" too -- it would, of course, be profitable
  
if the image recalls a different death, of Christ on the Cross
  
-- but Bleistein epitomizes a kind of sterile lust which Eliot
  
was subsequently to deal with at great length in TWL.
  
 
  
Eliot's entire poetic ouvre may be considered as one work
  
so that a note in, say,
  
 
  
Her shuttered barge
Burned on the water all the day
  
 
  
resounds in congruity with a note as late as in the Four Quartets:
  
 
  
We only live, only suspire
  
Consumed by either fire or fire.
  
 
  
For another instance, one may hear an echo of
Tra-la-la-la-la-la-laire  in TWL's  Weialala leia / Wallala leialala.
  
 
  
The principle of congruity hardly seems broken.
  
 
  
~ CR
  


Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
  
    
So what line or lines in particular resonated with the cigar?
  
As with musical notes and haiku lines, the resonances don't
  
really work unless the lines are contiguous.
  
 
  
p.
  
 


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