"the resonances don't really work unless the lines are contiguous."
From: cr mittal <[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 atdifferent intervals to build up a cumulative effect. In 'Burbank'the note of lust resonates loud and clear between expressionssuch asBleistein with a CigarTra-la-la-la-la-la-laire --...goats and monkeys, with such hair too! --Her shuttered barge
Burned on the water all the day.andBut this or such was Bleistein's way:And it brings man to a state of absolute degradation and decayindicated in the following lines -- the colon [:] looking forward tothe aftermath of lust:A saggy bending of theknees
And elbows, with the palms turned outThis is a "death" too -- it would, of course, be profitableif the image recalls a different death, of Christ on the Cross-- but Bleistein epitomizes a kind of sterile lust which Eliotwas subsequently to deal with at great length in TWL.Eliot's entire poetic ouvre may be considered as one workso that a note in, say,Her shuttered barge
Burned on the water all the dayresounds in congruity with a note as late as in the Four Quartets:We only live, only suspireConsumed by either fire or fire.For another instance, one may hear an echo ofTra-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'treally work unless the lines are contiguous.p.
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