Yes, Diana. I'm in absolute agreement. A life-giving death --
it's perhaps one of the most crucial burdens of Eliot's poetry.
In my end is my beginning.
What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
I had seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.
(Journey of the Magi)
Now that should make an interesting subject for discussion,
specially vis-a-vis Part V of TWL where it's not so obvious.
CR: Couldn't Death by Water be a chance for another life, an ending that is a beginning? Diana
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