“(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,CROn 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.NancyOn 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.CROn 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?CROn Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 10:19 AM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:Vis-a-vis the triumph of bullshitSo how should I presume?Asks Prufrock.The overwhelming question.CROn Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 11:47 AM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Of Eliot’s "The Triumph of Bullshit"
Redoubtable, inglorious humor.