Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 13:28:48 -0800
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Subject: Re: On the Making of a Simile
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He laughed like an irresponsible foetus.Oh that's a very pregnant (I mean "potent"/"weighty") line --with serious, censorious implications. Although paraphrasewould be rather heretic, one suggestion could be the vicariouspleasure entertained by a person who impregnates a womanwithout owning any responsibility for the act.CR
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
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?
>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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