From: Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: "T. S. Eliot Discussion forum." <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: Rewrite The Waste Land
Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2007 19:40:06 -0700
Eliot and postmodernism
Diana, what fascinates me, and doubtlessly fascinates many, is the factthat in TWL, despite the "deconstruction of conventional narrative",despite "disjunctions", the fragments connect so well as to reinforceeach other.Also, as Peter rightly points out, there is "a sense of synchronicity orall at onceness in the poem."The poem is, indeed, a "modernist" perception of afragmented reality,"A heap of broken images".All the same, I would not consider this deconstruction of conventionalnarrative "postmodern". The coherence of these fragments around athematic center distinguishes the poem from the postmodern in thatthe postmodern perception of reality is essentially one of anarchyand disorder without a center to hold. In TWLthings do fall apartbut 'What the Thunder Said' suggests how one can restore order.As for the "indeterminacy" of meaning at places, it only adds tothe poem's richness without undermining its essence.Regards,CRDiana Manister <[log in to unmask]> wrote:Peter, that'sanother postmodern aspect of Eliot, wouldn't you say? Disjunctions and indeterminacy, and deconstruction of conventional narrative. Diana
Peter wrote:The various interruptions to or contortions of the narrative
help to create //a sense of synchronicity or all at onceness in
the poem.// One of the technical messages of the poem
(ie. the medium as message) is that the narrative is pretty
much kaput in the modernist perception of reality.
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