There are _no_ parts of TWL with "religious weight." It seems to me you have no interest in Eliot or in Poetry in general but only in finding  mirrors of your own thought and feeling.

I have profound differences with both the pre-Christian and the Christian Eliot -- but it has never interfered with my reading of either. Some of the passages in 4Q which I most treasure are also the most permeated with Christian feeling. I really cannot understand those who look to poems to reflect their own conception of the world.

No poem, read carefully, is either Christian or non-Christian; pagan nor non-pagan; Confucian or non-Confucian. Atheist or Theist or X.

Poems manifest, imitate, image POSSIBILITIES, not "realities."


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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]>
>> 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


    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.

    Ken A

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