----- Original Message -----From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">Diana ManisterSent: Friday, July 27, 2007 7:18 AMSubject: Re: Rewrite The Waste Land - Part IV
Nonetheless, Sosostris is right in at least one of her readings! Diana
Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:Has anyone ever noticed that not only did/does Madame Sosostrisnot find The Hanged Man, neither does she find the fool.And her remark, "Fear death by water" exposes the ignorance ofthis "wisest woman in Europe" about the spiritual significance ofsuch a death brought out in Part IV of the poem.To me, Madame Sosostris is a deliberate representation of the seculartendency in contemporary life which Eliot was to say (in 'Religion andLiterature' ) is wholly ignorant of "our most fundamental and importantbeliefs", and which is "simply unaware of, simply cannot understandthe meaning of, the primacy of the supernatural over the natural life:of something which I assume to be our primary concern".CR
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