Eliot versus Capitalism An occasion for me to draw the list's attention to a poem in POEMS 1920: Le Directeur http://www.bartleby.com/199/17.html Translated into English, it reads: The Director Woe to the hapless Thames That flows hard by the Spectator. The conservative Director Of the Spectator Fouls the air. The reactionary Shareholders Of the conservative Spectator Arm-in-arm Go round and round Tip-toe. In a gutter A little girl In tatters Pug-nosed Looks at The director Of the conservative Spectator Starved of love. This poem, however, is not the sole instance of Eliot's humanitarian concern for the poor and the oppressed. It reverberates in the Preludes and Rhapsody on a Windy Night, and is reaffirmed in his poetic drama, Murder in the Cathedral: CHORUS : We have not been happy, my Lord, we have not been too happy. We are not ignorant women, we know what we must expect and not expect. We know of oppression and torture, We know of extortion and violence, Destitution, disease, The old without fire in winter, The child without milk in summer, Our labour taken away from us, Our sins made heavier upon us. Significantly, in The Idea of a Christian Society, Eliot offered the ideal model of a Christian order: a society actively engaged in the spiritual and ethical advancement of its citizens. And, in a broadcast talk in 1941, Towards a Christian Britain, Eliot stressed the need for Christian prophets who would alter the social consciousness of the people. Thanks, CR ________________________________ From: Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> To: [log in to unmask] Sent: Thursday, June 7, 2012 5:35 PM Subject: Eliot versus Capitalism (was Re: universities and "business") An article more so for the critics then. Those interested in Eliot's dislike of capitalism may peruse 'Economics' by Adam Trexler in 'T. S. Eliot in Context' edited by Jason Harding (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Eliot "envisioned radical economic reform based on collective deliberation and social conscience rather than measures that enriched the capitalist few". http://books.google.com/books?id=BDCJkvyg164C&pg=PA275&lpg=PA275&dq#v=onepage&q&f=false CR ________________________________ From: Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]> To: [log in to unmask] Sent: Thursday, June 7, 2012 3:25 PM Subject: Re: universities and "business" I've always thought it interesting that //Eliot's deep dislike of capitalism// gets so little play among his critics.