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]>
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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.
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
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.

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