At 09:59 AM 2/24/2007, Diana Manister wrote:

"spawned" is a term for sub-human reproduction. It is not a respectful term for the birth of a human being.

  Is there no other way to read the word, say in harmony with Eliot's understanding of the auditory imagination? Even the dictionary gives a nice bur-bank series of meanings: 1. The eggs of aquatic animals such as bivalve mollusks, fishes, and amphibians. 2. Offspring occurring in numbers; brood. 3. A person who is the issue of a parent or family. 4. The source of something; a germ or seed. 5. A product or an outcome. 6. Mycelia of mushrooms or other fungi grown in specially prepared organic matter for planting in beds  Break the outer husk and you get that person who is the source of something.

Ken A