Mallarmé indicated that when an artist removes God fom the altar, the self replaces it as an object of adoration. The self is eaten and shared with the devoted. In poetry, this results in solipsism as subject. Eliot avoided this by leaving God on the altar.Jewel Spears Brookner noted that Prufrock walks the line where the decision to replace God with the self torments him: the ritual of consuming the wafer and wine in the Mass is replaced with the secular "taking of a toast and tea," and the Word is replaced by words, which accounts for J. Alfred's aboulie.Mallarmé predicted that artists would liberate the Christian Mass which he called "a barbarous meal" and replace it with celebrations of the death and rebirth of nature in which the artists replaces the priest. Eliot avoided the solipsism Brookner describes by maintaining his faith as a subject. Or perhaps one should say his faiths, since tradition is inseparable for him from his religious faith.Diana.
From: Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: autobiography & 4Q
Date: Thu, 10 May 2007 14:38:32 -0800
Embryology provides interest, but not necessarilyunderstanding. Usually! The thought occurs thata poet's life as poet (not lover, or book publisher, orson, or misogynist or whatever) could well be an object ina poem which has as a major thread, the making ofpoetry. Can poetry be made out of the maker of the poetry?It certainly treads a fine thread between depersonalisationand self preoccupation. In an age of prose, it is perhapsappropriate that such a pursuit would have something ofan expository character.Such biography would be less concerned with dates,and persons, and more with the development of thepoetic consciousness.One could think that in the end, that is ALL the poethas to write about, if the other poetry has pretty muchall been written. It would be the door marked EXIT forthe poet as poet. The fire and the rose and the word are one.P.
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