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He does get prosey and didactic in this part, in spite of which the  
music where it appears is pure genius.

Diana

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On Jul 6, 2010, at 10:10 AM, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Variations on "the occult" -- The Dry Salvages, V
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> The text at: http://www.tristan.icom43.net/quartets/salvages.html
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> I would humbly urge critical masters to have another look at The Dry  
> Salvages, V, apropos the aspects of and variations on "the occult".
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> To me the *whole section* is devoted to "the occult", albeit to its  
> two different dimensions -- the mundane and the spiritual. What is  
> worthy of note is the crucial separation of the first part ("To  
> comunicate with Mars...And clings to that dimension.") from the  
> second, marked by a "But" ("But to apprehend / The point of  
> intersection of the timeless / With time".
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> The mystical dimension has two segments to it -- the first pertains  
> to the saints who realise a union of spheres, of the timeless with  
> time, the second to the common aspirants who have access only to  
> "hints and guesses" and for whom the rest is "prayer, observance,  
> discipline, thought and action".
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> It's remarkable that the first dimension of the occult, "To  
> communicate with Mars" etc., is stated for what it is and does not  
> meet with the sort of repudiation critical scholarship associates it  
> with.
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> Regards,
> CR
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