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  Peter,

  Do you think he's mocking it? Yes or no make very different poems.

  Is it that human nature is transformed?

  My impression, just to be out front, is that it is an unmocking, or 
rather unmocked, Christian vision at work in Gerontion.

  Ken
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Peter Montgomery wrote:
> Thanks Ken. It doesn't mean that Eliot believed that; he just understood the
> theology very clearly, and was perhaps mocking it.
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> That he later came to believe it creates an interesting shadow effect.
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>> ...this is very nice 
>> Peter, and makes sense in a number of ways. Christ the Tiger thus 
>> assimilates us to the Body of Christ. In Eliot, the way up and the way 
>> down are often the same, and what appears to be a negative has an 
>> ostensibly positive import. 
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>> Peter Montgomery wrote:
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>>> I suspect that the tiger's pouncing in spring is Jesus' resurrection.
>>> In overcoming death, he devours the old man and transforms
>>> human nature into something new which actually participates in
>>> the divine nature as adopted sons of God.
>>>
>>> Jesus did say at one point in one of the gospels, "You are as gods."
>>>
>>> Hope that adds some zest to your being munched.
>>>
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