Perhaps your implication is that the passage involved is too recent to have been Ezeckiel's. Fine.
If the word "Biblical" is too broad, what would be a more precise word?
P <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Perhaps more evidence that Eliot's notes are not to be taken too seriously. In fact the Ez. passage explains itself as being analogical.
Still the image of bones coming back to life does suggest that the possibility of resurrection was not unheard of in Ez.'s time.
Jerome Walsh <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
In their Biblical context they are connected with resurrection. See Eliot's notes.
Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:I wonder if the image of 'dry bones' in Eliot's poetry has been explicated enough. It seems like a state of sublimation reached after the dross of 'personality' has been shed and a state is reached which is, to use a phrase from the Bhagavad Gita, 'beyond the gunas', i.e. beyond the qualities we associate with the earthly self. It is an arrival at a state of impersonality, if you like. The process of sublimation and the accruing state are described at some length in section II of 'Ash-Wednesday'. Here's a link to the poem:CR