‘Now Let us Go into this Blind World’: Dante, Virgil, Homer and T. S. Eliot

Jürgen Pieters

in Speaking With the Dead

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780748615889
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652020 | DOI:
‘Now Let us Go into this Blind World’: Dante, Virgil, Homer and T. S. Eliot

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This chapter considers the contributions of Dante, Virgil, Homer, and T. S. Eliot in the late Middle Ages and the literature of Antiquity. Virgil's words are open to a different interpretation: in his work and in his voice, his four great forebears continue to live on, and the honour that they convey upon him is one in which they themselves also participate. The conversations that Aeneas and Ulysses have in the Underworld are of the utmost importance: they are unique and living testimonies in which the reader is allowed a glimpse of mysteries that are normally kept hidden. Eliot's verse redirected the parasitic logic that he considered detrimental to his own age. The dead deserve gratitude and the poet's constant reminders of their enduring presence.

Keywords: Dante; Virgil; Homer; T. S. Eliot; Aeneas; Ulysses; Underworld; dead

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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