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ps - Appreciate Eliot’s point about art being an escape into a larger
personality.

On Thu, Dec 7, 2017 at 1:10 PM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> A work of art is an expression, or a reflection, of the artist’s
> personality.
> Even if there is no reference in it of the artist’s personal life, it
> still provides us an insight into the artist’s mindset.
> And that holds good for all arts.
> We reveal ourselves by the choices we make.
> Even our style is an offshoot of our personality.
>
> Here’s the opening stanza of THE WASTE LAND:
>
> April is the cruellest month, breeding
> Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
> Memory and desire, stirring
> Dull roots with spring rain.
> Winter kept us warm, covering
> Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
> A little life with dried tubers.
> Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee
> With a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade,
> And went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarten,
> And drank coffee, and talked for an hour.
> Bin gar keine Russin, stamm’ aus Litauen, echt deutsch.
> And when we were children, staying at the arch-duke’s,
> My cousin’s, he took me out on a sled,
> And I was frightened. He said, Marie,
> Marie, hold on tight. And down we went.
> In the mountains, there you feel free.
> I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.
>
> Each line has a stamp of Eliot on it.
>
> Maybe I’m stating the obvious. So you’ll excuse me.
>
> CR
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