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Racism winds through "Huckleberry Finn" but is this racism that of Mark
Twain?

On Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 1:15 PM, Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Any attempt to ground  'judgment' of  'literature' in its truth value
> leads to intellectual chaos. I think I have several times in the past on
> this list referred to Yeats's "great and vile poem, An Irish Airman
> foresees His Death." I was not being sarcastic.  An identical description
> applies to Griffith's "Great and vile movie." Commentary on either work may
> 'use' the work to grasp a 'truth' not directly available in the work
> itself. But that is another topic.
>
> This is the context in which to view the post below. It would be unfair to
> Eliot as a poet _not_ to recognize the racism that winds through his work.
> It rears its head several times in 4Q; the list of floating objects in the
> Mississippi is a direct reference to events in St. Louis in 1919.
>
> Carrol
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: T. S. Eliot Discussion forum. [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> Behalf Of Carrol Cox
> Sent: Monday, October 12, 2015 8:08 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: T.S. Eliot really liked, etc.
>
> Eliot's rather repellant racism is more or less a given. Few if any U.S.
> poets aren't stained by it.
>
> Read up on the 1919 St. Louis Massacres.
>
> Carrol
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: T. S. Eliot Discussion forum. [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> Behalf Of Ken Armstrong
> Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2015 8:05 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: T.S. Eliot really liked, etc.
>
> Regarding the language of the  Brer Rabbit/Possum correspondence, I think
> what can get lost or underplayed in the scholarly apparatus is the x factor
> that Auden highlighted when he said that a poet is someone who likes to see
> words playing together. Kind of a joie de vivre thing.
>
> KA
>
> On Oct 11, 2015 5:21 PM, "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> >
> > On Sun, 11 Oct 2015 12:09:30 -0700, P <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > >Still not quite there.  Lots of animals feign inactivity. Why choose
> this one in particular?
> >
> > This one is a character in the Uncle Remus stories (Brer Possum). Pound
> may have liked the characters and accents and wanted to play with them.
> You're on the Pound list. Ask them.
> >
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Uncle_Remus_characters
>