[ilds] RG Justine - Jamais de la vie

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Fri Apr 27 09:35:07 PDT 2007


And then there is the dust!



On Friday, April 27, 2007, at 04:40  pm, James Gifford wrote:

> Michael,
>
> That's an attentive reading!  I've been thinking about the Four 
> Quartets &
> Alexandria Quartet connections for a  while now.  If we were to turn 
> to the
> opening of Clea, we'd find Alexandria is also the burning rose that 
> closes
> Little Gidding, the "one" that Eliot spent so many years (spending &
> squandering) to gain.  Given Durrell's anecdote about giving Eliot the 
> title
> for the Four Quartets, I've been wondering for quite some time just 
> how much
> LD intended the AQ to be a response to TSE's 4Qs...
>
> More to follow as I unpack!
>
> Best,
> James
>
>
> On 4/27/07 4:13 AM, "Michael Haag" <michaelhaag at btinternet.com> wrote:
>
>> '...clinging to the minds of old men like traces of perfume upon a
>> sleeve: Alexandria, the capital of Memory' -- Durrell, Justine (AQ 
>> p152
>> 1962 Faber single volume edition).
>>
>> 'Ash on an old man's sleeve
>> Is all the ash the burnt roses leave.
>> Dust in the air suspended
>> Marks the place where a story ended.
>> Dust inbreathed was a house --
>> The wall, the wainscot and the mouse.
>> The death of hope and despair,
>>    This is the death of air.'
>> -- Eliot, Little Gidding, II, in Four Quartets.
>>
>>
>>
>> :Michael
>>
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