----- Original Message -----From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">cr mittalSent: Saturday, July 07, 2007 6:56 PMSubject: Re: a Jeremiah sighting?P.S.Eliot's observation about the quest-for-water lines being the onlygood lines in TWL, the rest being ephemeral, should be viewedin the light of his epigraph to 'Burbank' :nil nisi divinum stabile est; caetera fumus[only the divine endures, the rest is all smoke]CR
cr mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:It's not just a matter of "cisterns", Nancy.Let me add to Jeremiah ii, 13 Solomon's exhortation inProverbs v, 15 :'Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running watersout of thine own well'.Eliot could easily have these biblical sources in mindvis-a-vis "empty cisterns and exhausted wells".Mark also in this context the preceding 29-line quest for waterbeginning "Here is no water..."And all this in the context of the opening lines"He who was living is now dead" etc.as well as the context of the journey to Emmaus and to ChapelPerilous.What more context do we need to establish that Eliot's quest forwater here is a spiritual quest? Incidentally, Eliot thought that thesequest-for-water lines to be the only 'good lines in The Waste Land',the rest being ephemeral (Letter of 14 August 1923 to Ford MadoxFord, WL Drafts, p. 129). [Manju Jain, Notes, p. 184]Regards,CR
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