It's a bit tricky to be that definitive about anythinng to do with Alice.
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From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">Nancy Gish
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Subject: Re: TS Eliot: "the March Hare"

My point was that there is divine madness, but it is not the March Hare's kind.  This is an arbitrary shift of word meaning and says nothing about the poems.

>>> Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>04/28/11 6:43 PM >>>
Yes, the March hare is mad, but who will deny connotations of "creative madness" implicit in the title 'Inventions of the March Hare" as applied to poetic visions of life.
As for the divine origins of poetry, these may have their moorings in a sense of disillusion vis-a-vis the visible reality:
I lie on the floor a bottle's broken glass
To be swept away by the housemaid's crimson fist.
It may, however, be ancillary to one's aspirations for a higher reality,
Hidden under the heron's wing
Or the song before daybreak that the lotus-birds sing
Evening whisper of stars together 

--- On Thu, 4/28/11, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
The March Hare was mad, and not in the divine sense Socrates defines in the Phaedrus.  I think this thread is constantly imposing meanings that are not in the poems.

>>> Chokh Raj [log in to unmask]> 4/28/2011 9:59 AM >>
my last word on this, if you like
'Inventions of the March Hare': a "high enterprise", to borrow an affirmation from Dante.

--- On Thu, 4/28/11, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Prufrock: "as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen"

--- On Thu, 4/28/11, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
of poetic revelation
Dante in Inferno, IX
"O you who have sound understanding,
 mark the doctrine that is hidden
 under the veil of the strange verses!"  
(Trans. by Charles S. Singleton) 
Dante to Virgil in Inferno II
"Bard! thou who art my guide,
 Consider well, if virtue be in me
 Sufficient, ere to //this high enterprise//
 Thou trust me . . .
 Myself I deem not worthy, and none else
 Will deem me . . .
 Thou, who art wise, better my meaning know'st,
 Than I can speak."  
(Trans. by Henry F. Cary) 

--- On Wed, 4/27/11, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Links it with the notion of "revelation" in The Waste Land: Beyond the Frontier by James Longenbach in our previous thread.

--- On Wed, 4/27/11, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
"March hare" -- an emblem of creative resurgence, of //creative madness//, if you like. I draw the list's attention to a compelling reading in this regard:
The abyss above:
philosophy and poetic madness in Plato, Hölderlin, and Nietzsche
Silke-Maria Weineck
State University of New York Press, 2002
"In The Abyss Above, Silke-Maria Weineck offers the first sustained discussion of the relationship between poetic madness and philosophy. Focusing on the mad poet as a key figure in what Plato called "the ancient quarrel between philosophy and poetry, " Weineck explores key texts from antiquity to modernity in order to understand why we have come to associate art with irrationality. She shows that the philosophy of madness concedes to the mad a privilege that continues to haunt the Western dream of reason, and that the theory of creative madness always strains the discourse on authenticity, pitching the controlled, repeatable, but restrained labor of philosophy against the spontaneous production of poetic texts said to be, by definition, unique."
It's fascinating to read the introductory chapter titled "Future Perfect".

--- On Sun, 4/24/11, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I sometimes wonder if Eliot's title "Inventions of the March Hare" had something to do with the Easter Bunny.