BTW, 

Lust is a mysterious wound in the side of humanity; or rather, at the very source of its life! To confound this lust in man with that desire which unites the sexes is like confusing a tumor with the very organ which it devours, a tumor whose very deformity horribly reproduces the shape.

- Georges Bernanos, The Diary of a Country Priest.

Apropos of TS Eliot, a poet is just a medium. 

CR 

On Sat, Nov 16, 2019 at 9:20 AM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
“(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