In the typist passage, Tiresias is only alluding to what he foresuffered as a woman.
The key thing about Tiresias is not that he is old; it's that he has life experiences from both a male and female perspective. I do not think it is absurd to think that such a figure from mythology could serve as a symbol for a homosexual, given what a forbidden
topic this was in 1922.
I'm not saying that Tiresias is a homosexual; but that's why I think he's in this section of the poem that deals with a rape (which I've already discussed is a passage that I think is a disguised description of the homosexual rape of the narrator).
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From: Richard Seddon <[log in to unmask]>
Date: 10/02/2013 9:17 PM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: Re: Tiresias
Old men typically have sagging breasts.
My comment was intended to point that out.
I see this passage as merely a graphic depiction of an old man's chest.
Some can find a gay allusion in virtually any line of TWL. I think using this phrase in that manner stretches that sort of reasoning to an absurdity.
My question then is, why make this any more complicated than it already is. Tiresias was an old man whose chest sagged. He probably had bow legs, a bald head and arthritic fingers; poor eyesight and walked in a sort of shuffle.
On Oct 2, 2013, at 6:50 PM, tcolket <[log in to unmask]> wrote: