Enigmatic Variations 1535
Painful Poems by Chalicea
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T.S.Eliot’s poetry filled many hours of my studies of English Literature and the lines ‘April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land’ are unforgettable, though I am not sure that I can agree with the sentiment. It seems to me that the start of the spring, the gentle rain and the greening of the lilac trees is kind, rather than cruel, after the harsh dead land of winter.
I do regret that I hadn’t the courage to opt, at university, for the alternative of American Literature where I would have read Scott-Fitzgerald, Frost, Whitman and Faulkner, for example, much earlier than when I came to teach their works in later years. Whitman’s grief at the shooting of Abraham Lincoln is so movingly expressed in:
Both Eliot and Whitman use lilacs as their symbol of spring, in one case of cruelty and in the other of grief, and it was this similarity that prompted me to attempt to fit two key phrases of their poems around the perimeter of a grid and to include the ‘lilacs’ theme and the names of the poets as almost symmetrical diagonal items to be highlighted, hopefully in an appropriate colour.
A full review of this puzzle can be seen over on fifteensquared.