Carrol’s caution is wise. 
Makes me trim a poem I quoted.

On Thu, Nov 23, 2017 at 12:38 PM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
The only possible exception, perhaps, was this piece in INVENTIONS OF THE MATCH HARE: 

He said: this universe is very clever 

He said: it is a geometric net
And in the middle, like a syphilitic spider
The Absolute sits waiting, till we get
All tangled up and end ourselves inside her.

But then I explained it to myself as Eliot’s perception of Evil, as well as Good, as a compact part of the Absolute. 

Ha ha! 


On Thu, Nov 23, 2017 at 11:44 AM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
PS - Since I haven’t read the article here, I don’t know if it takes up the point about ‘doubt.’ 

On Thu, Nov 23, 2017 at 11:33 AM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
While I wholly subscribe to the thesis here, I for one, in my reading of Eliot’s work, early or late, haven’t  found ‘doubt’ as an aspect of Eliot’s faith in the Biblical lore. Notwithstanding Eliot’s own profession of ‘doubt’ as an essential aspect of faith. I may quote from his work, as I have always done at this list, to illustrate my point. Wish anyone could quote from Eliot’s work to prove me wrong. Well, if a ‘fallen’ soul succumbs to temptations of desire, or is caught between a struggle between the physical and the spiritual, is another matter. It does not tentamount to a denial or rejection of faith. 


On Thu, Nov 23, 2017 at 10:33 AM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Project MUSE - The Sacramental Dada of TS Eliot 
Sean Cotter 
The Comparatist
Volume 26, May 2002, pp. 69-82  
UNC Press 

“I will argue that we are mourning a false sense of rupture. We know from his Harvard notebooks (Gordon 537-8) and from poems such as "The Love Song of St. Sebastian" that Eliot wrestled with Christian belief throughout his life, and 1927 marks his public avowal of this commitment. Eliot's statement of belief does not, however, mark his withdrawal from the avant-garde.”