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GERONTION

"In the juvescence of the year
Came Christ the tiger."         
 
"In depraved May, dogwood and chestnut, flowering judas,
To be eaten, to be divided, to be drunk
Among whispers; by Mr. Silvero
With caressing hands, at Limoges
Who walked all night in the next room;         
By Hakagawa, bowing among the Titians;
By Madame de Tornquist, in the dark room
Shifting the candles; Fraulein von Kulp
Who turned in the hall, one hand on the door. Vacant shuttles
Weave the wind. I have no ghosts,         
An old man in a draughty house
Under a windy knob."
 
"The tiger springs in the new year. Us he devours."

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Asserting an 'absolute' meaning.

CR


From: Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>;
To: <[log in to unmask]>;
Subject: Re: Objective Correlative in Eliot's Poetry (was Re: OT - Chapel Perilous)
Sent: Mon, May 7, 2012 8:02:10 PM

"There, the eyes are
 Sunlight on a broken column
 There, is a tree swinging
 And voices are
 In the wind’s singing
 More distant and more solemn
 Than a fading star."

"Sightless, unless
 The eyes reappear
 As the perpetual star
 Multifoliate rose
 Of death’s twilight kingdom
 The hope only
 Of empty men."

The evocation, as it were, is mantric.

CR


From: Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Monday, May 7, 2012 3:01 PM
Subject: Re: Objective Correlative in Eliot's Poetry (was Re: OT - Chapel Perilous)

''which shall be the formula of that particular emotion'' 

                                   "Son of man,     
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only  
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,  
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,  
And the dry stone no sound of water." 

"O City City, I can sometimes hear  
 Beside a public bar in Lower Thames Street,     
 The pleasant whining of a mandoline  
 And a clatter and a chatter from within  
 Where fishmen lounge at noon: where the walls  
 Of Magnus Martyr hold  
 Inexplicable splendour of Ionian white and gold."    

This elephant bounces quite gracefully, Peter.
And it takes off too! 

CR