Wouldn't it be irresponsible of a foetus to assert its
humanity by laughing?
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Chokh Raj 
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  Sent: Friday, February 29, 2008 1:28 PM
  Subject: Re: On the Making of a Simile

  He laughed like an irresponsible foetus.

  Oh that's a very pregnant (I mean "potent"/"weighty") line --
  with serious, censorious implications.  Although paraphrase
  would be rather heretic, one suggestion could be the vicarious
  pleasure entertained by a person who impregnates a woman
  without owning any responsibility for the act.


  Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
    At 09:56 AM 2/29/2008, Diana Manister wrote:

    >That's a pretty bad line for a great poet to write. As if a foetus could 
    >be responsible!

    Oh, Diana. You don't think that maybe that's the point? CR?

    > As if
    >a foetus could be seen in Eliot's time. Diana

    Oh. Maybe you're kidding, right?

    Ken A

    >TS Eliot on the laughter of Mr Apollinax :
    >"He laughed like an irresponsible foetus."
    >Some dark humor, this, grimly stated in a simile,
    >not redeemed by the suggestion of a metaphor.
    >Gunnar Jauch quoted :
    >"He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if 
    >she were a garbage truck backing up."
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