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“(The lengthened shadow of a man
  Is history, said Emerson
Who had not seen the silhouette
  Of Sweeney straddled in the sun.)”

— ‘Sweeney Erect’

Eliot’s scabrous verses are, IMHO, a bold attempt to bring us face to face
with aspects of the ‘fallen nature of man’ where all norms of human decency
count for shit, and where outrageous perversity, bullshit with all its
connotations, has its sole sway.

Regards,
 CR

On Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 10:37 PM Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Out of curiosity, whatever is even humorous in this almost-nadir of his
> writing? I say "almost-nadir" because of course there are the Bolo poems.
>
> This is vulgar, sexist, and dumb, and it's hard to think up a less
> distinctive or even interesting line than the refrain.
> Nancy
>
> On Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 10:28 AM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Oops! Another correction:
>>
>> O how should I then presume?
>> Asks Prufrock.
>>
>> CR
>>
>> On Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 10:26 AM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> O, I should have put a question mark.
>>> Well, here it is:
>>>
>>> Redoubtable, inglorious humor?
>>>
>>> CR
>>>
>>> On Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 10:19 AM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Vis-a-vis the triumph of bullshit
>>>>
>>>> So how should I  presume?
>>>> Asks Prufrock.
>>>>
>>>> The overwhelming question.
>>>>
>>>> CR
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 11:47 AM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Of Eliot’s "The Triumph of Bullshit"
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> https://blog.bestamericanpoetry.com/the_best_american_poetry/2019/11/the-triumph-of-bullshit-by-t-s-eliot.html
>>>>>
>>>>> Redoubtable, inglorious humor.
>>>>>
>>>>> CR
>>>>>
>>>>