Peter, I see that as a possibility. Either TWL is composed of the thoughts, memories and present sensations and perceptions of a focalizing narrator, or of "interpenetrating psyches." The latter tends more towards the polyphonia of postmodernism than the former. Diana(Rememeber Polyphonia? A great gal!)As to the narrator of TWL, I am remided of ELiot's statement in T&TIT:"The point of view which I am struggling to attack is perhaps related to the metaphysical theory of the substantial unity of the soul: for my meaning is, that the poet has, not a 'personality' to express, but a particular medium, which is only a medium and not a personality, in which impressions and experiences combine in peculiar and unexpected ways."SO the psyche or whatever one wants to call it, that narrates the poem is morelike a set of interpenetrating psyches, somewhat ala Virginia Woolf. The noteon Tiresias would seem to support that.P.----- Original Message -----From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">Chokh RajSent: Monday, July 23, 2007 11:19 AMSubject: Re: Rewrite The Waste LandDiana Manister <[log in to unmask]> wrote:Speech fragments cohere in TWL around a narrator. They areoverheard or remembered by him, and I think become parts ofthe narrator's inner monologue, along with his own thoughts.In the later chapters of Joyce's Ulysses, on the other hand,each speech fragment exists on its own without a central pointof view, either author or narrator or other normalizing characterin the book to order them. Joyce's book becomes truly polyphonic,where TWL is an inner monologue throughout.An excellent perception, Diana. It helps resolve the fragmentsinto a unity in terms of their deliberate choice and arrangementby the poet -- with a narrator to hold them together in a desiredpattern of meaning. And to cap it, you have elucidated your pointwith a fine comparison with Joyce. My compliments !!!CR
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