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From my father’s marginalia on TS Eliot

‘What the devil does this mean?’ – TS Eliot, note in Edmund Husserl’s Logische Untersuchungen

Pagan spring about to be replaced
cf. feathers in Gerontion

This a prayer
– the old securities will collapse.

No guarantee for children
on acc. of his piety.

Period between death and rebirth.
Prefiguring of passion + cross.


Eliot mixture.

Agony + ecstasy for those who follow Christ.
Desire to be spared the agony + ecstasy.


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