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"In the room the women come and go / Talking of Michelangelo."

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On Saturday, April 19, 2014, Rickard A. Parker <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> I don't think I would have bothered to point out this latest of the
> Guardian's "How to Believe" series except that the ending paragraph (below)
> touches on a few recent TSE list topics.
>
> The poem draws on and shatters into pieces the polite culture of Eliot's
> cultivated youth – bits of Arthurian lore, echoes of Shakespeare and
> Goldsmith and Ovid – as well as less conventionally acceptable literature –
> a line from Baudelaire here, of de Nerval there. It draws on Christianity –
> the agony in the garden, the unrecognisable companion on the road to
> Emmaus,
> the allusions to St Augustine in spiritual crisis – and Buddhism, with the
> three-fold commands of the thunder in the last section. Yet, at best, it
> offers little consolation; after the seeming resolution of the commands of
> the thunder's precepts, it bursts out in anguish again with a line from
> Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy – "Hieronymo's mad againe" (Eliot will have known
> that Kyd was a notorious atheist, one of Marlowe's School of Night). The
> thunder repeats, but the call to peace at the end – "Shantih, shantih,
> shantih" – is perhaps the peace of exhaustion rather than acceptance. Eliot
> is presenting a diagnosis of his, and our, sickness, but he is not yet sure
> of the prescription – which is why, perhaps, The Waste Land is so great a
> poem.
>
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> http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2014/apr/17/ts-eliot-waste-land-radical-text-wounded-culture
>
> TS Eliot's The Waste Land: the radical text of a wounded culture
>
> The poem draws on draws on the Christianity of Eliot's polite and
> cultivated
> youth – yet at best offers little consolation
>
> Roz Kaveney
> theguardian.com, Thursday 17 April 2014
>