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The modern situation.

More from Four Quartets. The modern situation is one of distraction: all information is propaganda, and the real must be supplanted with virtual reality. Too many people believe their statistical models, not enough doubt the theories, and use their traitorous lies to see the poverty that exists. Perhaps Eliot was prophetic. From Burnt Norton III […]

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Modernist Poets.

More Eliot. More of the first quartet: Burnt Norton. The term twittering has more meaning in these days, as it is now branded, monetized, and used for virtue signaling and to engender the spirals of hate. But the poet says this is without meaning. The poet says it is not the twittering: it is the […]

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One of those Modernist Poets.

This is T.S. Eliot, late, and from a text that is seen as critical. Eliot is not that long gone. This is not all of the four quartets. But it has this quote: Humankind cannot bear very much reality. This is late Eliot: the man who has faith, and has moved beyond imagism and symbols […]

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Tuesday poem: cat.

We have had a series of serious poems. Eliot is one such: an imagist, and wrote difficult poems, but (being more charitable than Pound) provided footnotes. He also wrote comic poems. Crafted well. Some became part of a musical. This, I think, did not. The Naming of Cats The Naming of Cats is a difficult […]