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Peter tigers have a political lobby. Please don't slander them or I  
will tell PETA.

Diana

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On Mar 12, 2010, at 5:11 AM, Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]>  
wrote:

> Well he seems to be a frustrated old man who has literally
> lost his senses. I feel so much irony in what he says, but  that is
> just the effect it has for me.
>
> Then there is the fact that he is not using a standard Christian  
> image.
> Christ is
> usually associated with the lion as a king image.
>
> The tiger has a vicious, emotional character, the kind of thing that
> is dead in Gerry. There is a certain fatalistic quality.
> Us he devours once and for all, the whole sinful human race, down
> the gullet all at once present, past and future.
>
> The idea of a similar tiger doing a similar thing in our modern
> culture rather appeals, even though it's already been done, once for  
> all.
>
> "Christ who had no sin, became sin for us."
>
> Cheers,
> Peter
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ken Armstrong" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2010 4:22 PM
> Subject: Re: 'Gerontion' -- the dramatic arc
>
>
>>  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
>> //
>> 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.
>>>
>>> That he later came to believe it creates an interesting shadow  
>>> effect.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>> ...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.
>>>>
>>>> Peter Montgomery wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> 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.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>
>>>
>