Thanks, Peter, for not passing this one by.
Oxymorons, of course ! Dry salvages, indeed !
For, these salvages do not salve -- these redemptions do not redeem.
This "death by water" is not life-giving.
Synonyms at www.dictionary.com :
"dry" : arid, barren, droughty, rainless
salvage (noun) : salvation, redemption, deliverance
(derived from "salvage" as verb : salve, redeem, deliver)
In the context of sin and damnation that Eliot's poetry is constantly
occupied with, the salvations offered by a life of sensuality and lust
are empty, barren, of no avail.
Now wasn't that rather obvious, folks ?
--- On Thu, 1/8/09, Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote: