Today it's Monday.
There’s been some international turmoil this month. Diverse dire happenings have made people shout, “WW3! We’re all gonna die!”
Details aside, I'd say that these persons are chaos people with chaos inside, projecting it onto the outside world. They are “the Hollow Men” of T. S. Eliot’s eponymous poem:
We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar
Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion...
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Eliot. Actually, I've been reading some other Eliot poems these days. He was a fine conservative, a bit restrained though, a bit over-cautious. No preacher he. Rather, a whisperer.
My favorite Eliot poem (beside The Hollow Men) probably is Four Quartets. There's a whole chapter on Eliot in Borderline.
Lately I've also been reading the Prabhupada edition of the Bhâgavata Purâna. His comments give you the traditional mindset in nuce. Venerable as such, though a bit programmatic and priestly.
Reading Prabhupada (and a guy like René Guénon) can make you weary of the priestly attitude. A more bellatoric atitude is needed to keep me awake -- more willpower and memento mori. As in, say, the writings of Julius Evola.
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Back to T. S. Eliot. He was a whispering poet. Almost stuttering at times. A cautious, "sounding out" approach to the subject at hand. However, he also spoke out clearly. If you read his essays along with the poems you get a viable conservative-classicist outlook.
As I say in Borderline: "Eliot is a bit difficult to summarise." But I finally gather myself to this statement:
The main feature of Eliot’s poetry is spirituality and tradition in a way you can relate to. Eliot had read his fair share of classics as well as some Indian philosophy. To make all this into poetry isn’t a given thing. But Eliot could and this is what ensures his quality.
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