The great philosopher, Satchel Paige, famously said, "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?"

If you didn't know anything about the Eliot list, what would you think was the age and level of Eliot knowledge of list members after reading the following sample posts? --

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Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Do I dare         
Disturb the universe?

-- Prufrock

 

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If you can, why not? It always manages to right itself.

Peter M.

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Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2012 05:39:11 -0700
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Subject: Re: Prufrock and Other Observations: ruminations
To: [log in to unmask]

If you can, why not? It always manages to right itself.

Peter M.

Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Do I dare         
Disturb the universe?

-- Prufrock


From: Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>;
To: <[log in to unmask]>;
Subject: Re: Prufrock and Other Observations: ruminations
Sent: Tue, Jul 17, 2012 12:23:06 PM

Contemplating existential freedom, or lack thereof ;-)

CR


From: P <[log in to unmask]>;
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Subject: Re: Prufrock and Other Observations: ruminations
Sent: Tue, Jul 17, 2012 12:01:54 PM

I am reminded of the rules or lack thereof of quantum mechanics vs the predictability of general theory.

Peter M.

Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

The worlds revolve like ancient women
Gathering fuel in vacant lots.

-- 'Preludes'



From: P <[log in to unmask]>;
To: <[log in to unmask]>;
Subject: Re: Prufrock and Other Observations: ruminations
Sent: Tue, Jul 17, 2012 6:28:52 AM

Vacuity is an amazing little word when one considers that nature abhors a vacuum and outer space is a virtual vacuum. The concept is complicated enough to maintain a boiling thought in one&apos;s mental thermos for quite some time. The quoted lines are ones I very much admire, and I am pleased to run into them again after a long absence.

Cheers,
Peter M.

Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

“Some one frames upon the keys
 That exquisite nocturne, with which we explain
 The night and moonshine; music which we seize
 To body forth our own vacuity.” 

  -- 'Conversation Galante' 



"I should have been a pair of ragged claws
 Scuttling across the floors of silent seas."

An angst that has never ceased to haunt us ??? 

A poetry that has its life in its resonances, most certainly.
A poetry that compels reflection.

CR 

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a picture, I'll stick it up here for whatever it means: 

"Looking into the heart of light, the silence." 

// existential angst ? //

Memento Mori: Existentialism, The Waste Land and Rosencrantz 

CR



about the author

MALCOLM HEBRON teaches English Literature at Winchester College, UK. He is author of Mastering the Language of Literature, and The Medieval Siege (OUP), and writes articles on language and literature for various academic and educational journals.

CR


From: Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>;
To: <[log in to unmask]>;
Subject: Prufrock and Other Observations: ruminations
Sent: Sat, Jul 14, 2012 3:58:13 PM

Disjecta Membra
Occasional ruminations on books, art, films, music ...

MONDAY, 14 MAY 2012

T S Eliot: Prufrock and Other Observations 


later flowers for the bees . . .

CR