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What guilt/sin?  What sex act of Stetson?  This is new to me, please, do 
tell.

Thanks,
Marcia

cr mittal wrote:

> "the Dog" in TWL
>  
> There I saw one I knew, and stopped him, crying 'Stetson!
> 'You who were with me in the ships at Mylae!
> 'That corpse you planted last year in your garden,
> 'Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year?
> 'Or has the sudden frost disturbed its bed?
> 'Oh keep the Dog far hence, that's friend to men,
> 'Or with his nails he'll dig it up again!
>  
> I've always been struck by the mock-serious nature of this passage. 
> At surface a jolly dig at Stetson's act of guilt/sin, its gravity resounds
> as a leitmotif in TWL -- violation of the sanctity of sex -- the fires of
> lust raging at the heart of a human wasteland.
>  
> "That corpse you planted last year in your garden" has its sequel in
>  
> White bodies naked on the low damp ground
> And bones cast in a little low dry garret,
> Rattled by the rat's foot only, year to year. 
>   
> One can imagine a mischievous smile on the face of the speaker
> who has knowledge of Stetson's act of debauchery and crime.
> One is reminded of 'Burbank' where "The boatman smiles" even as
> Princess Volupine alights the boat to entertain Sir Ferdinand Klein.
>  
> As for
>  
> 'Oh keep the Dog far hence, that's friend to men,  
> 'Or with his nails he'll dig it up again!
>  
> "the Dog" (with a capital D) could easily be an allegorical 
> representation
> of Conscience -- otherwise "friend to men", but not so in these 
> matters ;) 
>  
> The graver aspect, however, of setting aside the voice of Conscience/Dog
> is metaphorically brought to the fore when, "Past the Isle of Dogs"
> -- divested of moral scruples  --  humans are reduced to
> no better than drifting barges and logs of wood:
>  
> The barges drift
> With the turning tide
> Red sails
> Wide
> To leeward, swing on the heavy spar.
> The barges wash
> Drifting logs
> Down Greenwich reach
> Past the Isle of Dogs.
>     Weialala leia
>     Wallala leialala
>  
> Well, just a reading of sorts :)
>  
> Cheers!
>  
> CR