CR: Couldn't Death by Water be a chance for another life, an ending that is a beginning? Diana
What I wrote was just to put across my point on the desirability of
keeping Part IV where it is. The inferno of the poem which Eliot
conceived as a representation of "horror" reaches its climax with
'The Fire Sermon'.  'Death by Water' then hints at a different type
of death -- a death that transforms and redeems. And Part V, as I
wrote, paves the way for such a life-giving death. 
Don't you think this
sequence makes sense?
P.S. Please consider Cleanth Brooks also on this:
"The death by water would seem to be equated with the death
described in Ariel's song in The Tempest. There is a definite difference
in the tone of the description of this death--"'A current under sea/ Picked his
bones in whispers', as compared with the 'other' death--'bones cast in a
little low dry garret,/Rattled by the rat's foot only, year by year."

Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
death by water
It was most probably Cleanth Brooks who in his 'The Waste Land:
A Critique of the Myth' wrote about the lyrical beauty of
A current under sea / Picked his bones in whispers.
Reminds me of lines from 'The Tempest' :
Full fathom five thy father lies;
      Of his bones are coral
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
      Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
      Into something rich and strange.
A "death by water" is, indeed, so different from the dry, sterile
death in a "rats' alley / Where the dead men lost their bones".
Part IV of TWL, therefore, is in the nature of an interlude,
dreamy reverie in the midst of a bleak reality.  Part V then
paves the way for such a death.

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