[ilds] T. S. Eliot and cento construction

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Sat Jun 16 14:33:36 PDT 2007

Can someone please give me an official definition 
of "cento"? You have all used it as a term but 
nobody has been specific as to what it means.
I have now, by your reactions, eperdemic or 
intellectual, I have been able to classisify you 
as you are tying to classify the tallent (or not)) 
of LD. Most interesting excercise.
Marc Piel

william godshalk wrote:

>> Jamie, just a word to push my idea that Durrell is a cento writer, and 
>> the cento appears at different levels and in different forms. Here the 
>> cento is not a matter of close copying, but a matter of allusion 
>> and/or influence. When I first read Durrell, I too was taken by the 
>> allusiveness of the prose. 
> Bill
>> If we're diving into Section III of Justine (all four sections), I can't
>> help but note that after all the Eliot references we've had before 
>> (and the
>> upcoming ending of Section IV with the same ending as Ezra Pound's "Canto
>> I"), that the season is Spring, the morbid season of "The Waste Land."
>> _Balthazar_ opens with a denial of Spring ("And spring? Ah! there is no
>> spring in the Delta.  No sense of refreshment and renewal of 
>> things."), yet
>> Justine's climax is in this absent season.
>> As may be cliched by now on this list, I think there's a coded wink at 
>> T.S.
>> Eliot.  After all, the narrator sees the bodies moving about the town
>> ("Clouds of dried blood walk the streets like prophecies"), which is not a
>> far stretch from the corpses and crowds in Eliot's poem
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