Objective Correlative and the Articulation of Vision

"the unattended
Moment, the moment in and out of time,
The distraction fit, lost in a shaft of sunlight,
The wild thyme unseen, or the winter lightning
Or the waterfall, or music heard so deeply
That it is not heard at all"

"These are only hints and guesses,
Hints followed by guesses;"

"The hint half guessed, the gift half understood"
is Objective Correlative.

CR


From: Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>;
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Subject: Re: Objective Correlative in Eliot's Poetry (was Re: OT - Chapel Perilous)
Sent: Wed, May 9, 2012 2:19:08 PM

"And at the corner of the street
A lonely cab-horse steams and stamps.
And then the lighting of the lamps."
 
"If the street were time and he at the end of the street"

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Objective Correlative and the Timless Moments, the Epiphanical Moments:

Sudden in a shaft of sunlight
Even while the dust moves
There rises the hidden laughter
Of children in the foliage

Whisper of running streams, and winter lightning.
The wild thyme unseen and the wild strawberry,
The laughter in the garden, echoed ecstasy
Not lost, but requiring, pointing to the agony
Of death and birth.

After the kingfisher's wing
Has answered light to light, and is silent, the light is still
At the still point of the turning world.

  Time past and time future
Allow but a little consciousness.
To be conscious is not to be in time
But only in time can the moment in the rose-garden,
The moment in the arbour where the rain beat,
The moment in the draughty church at smokefall
Be remembered; involved with past and future.
Only through time time is conquered.

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Intimations of Immortality.

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Subject: Fw: Objective Correlative in Eliot's Poetry (was Re: OT - Chapel Perilous)
Sent: Tue, May 8, 2012 4:40:17 AM

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.

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From: Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>;
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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.

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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