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Er.... What's religion?
Peter
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ken Armstrong" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 3:41 PM
Subject: Re: The opening lines of 'The Waste Land' via-a-vis Easter


> On Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:54:40 -0400, Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> 
> wrote:
>>> The immediate specific justification of a Christian context to the 
>>> opening
>>> passage is the passage which immediately follows, saturated with 
>>> Christian
>>> allusions to Ezekiel et al.
>> Sorry, but despite the allusions my reading of that section doesn't 
>> contain
>> religion.
>>
>> Regards,
>>     Rick Parker
>
>      Rickard,
>
>    Maybe you could define "contain"? Tom Jefferson read the Bible without 
> religion by the exigency of excising the religious terminology. Effective 
> for him perhaps, but no one of any persuasion could reasonably call the 
> end result "The Bible." I assume you're not editing out the parts of TWL 
> that have religious weight and which its author, presumably, put in for 
> that reason. Or is this related to that anticipated retirement project you 
> mentioned earlier?
>
>     For my part, I've decided to write a bar song -- or maybe it's just a 
> retirement song -- about the TWL to the tune of The Bowery. So far, I've 
> got the refrain down pat.
>
>    Thanks,
>    Ken A
>
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