D> And there is no evidence whatsoever that at the time of
D> writing TWL Eliot ever had a sexually intimate relationship
I'm not sure what sort of evidence would exist for _anybody_, except perhaps for a pregnant woman or someone who has photographed themselves in the act.
Nonetheless, I'll try a few things:
1) Eliot was married on June 26, 1915; TWL was published in 1922.
2) In "Ode", he writes,
When the bridegroom smoothed his hair
There was blood upon the bed
3) In "TWL" he writes,
when we came back, late, from the Hyacinth garden,
Your arms full, and your hair wet
It's possible that at the time of writing TWL Eliot never had a sexually intimate relationship, but it's not very likely.
-- Tom --
"He laughed like an irresponsible foetus."
"What paradoxes! Man is a cunning creature of many devices."
In "Mr. Apollinax", Eliot does not fail to take a jibe at the high-class Bertrand Russell's irresponsible sensuality. The poet is reminded of "Priapus in the shrubbery / Gaping at the lady in the swing."
Some ennobling light, that :)
--- On Tue, 8/25/09, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote: