January 17, 2013

And the Profit and the Loss

Phlebas the Phoenician, a fortnight dead,
Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep sea swell
And the profit and loss.

A current under sea
Picked his bones in whispers. As he rose and fell
He passes the stages of his age and youth
Entering the whirlpool.

Gentile or Jew
O you who turn the wheel and look windward,
Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.

- Death by Water, from The Waste Land

Jeremy Irons reads T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land. And I die. Recitation begins around the 16 minute mark. Before that is a discussion of The Waste Land with Irons and (I die again!) Eileen Atkins. Via Summa This Summa That. (Painting is The Ocean Wave by James McNeill Whistler)

1 comment:

  1. This is great! I've never heard it as a dialogue! I love it.