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Marjorie Perloff's views (and, indirectly, Ron Schuchard's) are well worth
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http://marjorieperloff.com/articles/ronald-schuchard/




On 18 October 2011 19:11, Rickard A. Parker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> On 10/15/2011 8:44 AM, Tom Colket wrote:
>
>> Nancy and Ken,
>>
>> I do not have a full reading of Gerontion, but maybe I can contribute to
>> a discussion.
>>
>> I've been thinking more about these lines :
>>
>> ------------------------------**-----------------------------
>> My house is a decayed house,
>> And the Jew squats on the window sill, the owner,
>> Spawned in some estaminet of Antwerp,
>> Blistered in Brussels, patched and peeled in London.
>> ------------------------------**-----------------------------
>>
>
>
> I'm pretty far behind the conversation now with what I had intended to
> send earlier but with Ken's posting of
> >   Just to highlight a couple of his points about Burbank:Bleistein, the
> >   poem is a poem of masks, with Eliot playing the roles of the two main
> >   characters who are if effect opposite sides of the same (banker's)
> coin.
> this is not coming too late.
>
> One of the links I sent in my post about the Jew being a objective
> correlative was to a page in in book by Marjorie Perloff.
>   Differentials: poetry, poetics, pedagogy
>   http://books.google.com/books?**id=dX1wu6vA1SMC&pg=PA30<http://books.google.com/books?id=dX1wu6vA1SMC&pg=PA30>
> In that section Perloff had spent about two pages discussing Eliot's
> being a foreigner in England and not feeling at home in America. She
> saw Eliot using the landlord as a symbol of himself. To quote a bit:
>   We see the speaker threatened by a "Jew" who, far from being a
>   successful grasping landlord, squeezing money out of poor old
>   Gerontion, is himself a squatter, a victim of poverty, misery,
>   and disease, a figure who in Julius's words, "becomes what he expels"
>   Squatting on the window sill, he belongs neither inside the "decayed
>   house," nor can he escape its precincts.
>
> As I think about this I can see why TSE didn't put the Jew in a
> doorway, too easy to pass through, and why the Jew is *squatting* in
> the window, it's an uncomfortable position.
>
> Regards,
>   Rick Parker
>