language and mind

June 23, 2012

The right to choose – Eliot’s renouncement

Filed under: citizenship, language, nationality — Tags: , , , , , — teresapelka @ 3:26 pm

Writers are humans just like people in general. Humans deserve freedom and choice. Was T. S. Eliot an American author?

‘…classicist in literature, royalist in politics, and Anglo-Catholic in religion’, T. S. Eliot renounced his American citizenship and said, ‘My mind may be American but my heart is British’.

Let us have a look.

‘At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is, But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity…’ (The Four Quartets).

Antonym lists and thesauri are more of an everyday matter nowadays: In the still hour, at the sway of the balance. Neither existent, nor continuant; neither past, nor come. At the still hour, there the time is, but neither succession nor term. And do not call it relativity.

One can find mobile freeware to tell antonyms. These are antonyms mostly that the Four Quartets would have been made of  talking round some ‘timeless time’ cannot bring much meaning, however.

In early feudal times, one was bound to some land and had to work the sovereign’s plot for hardly any money. This nasty idea for human coexistence occasioned a few events known to us contemporaries as revolutions. Antonyms are not going to be revolutionary. T.S. Eliot had the right to choose. He belongs with British literature and I am not jealous. :)

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