Who won the fight that T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound had in the captain's tower?
#120131. Asked by 29CoveRoad. (Jan 28 11 11:46 PM)
From Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row", it does not say who won the fight.|
Praise be to Nero’s Neptune
The Titanic sails at dawn
And everybody’s shouting
“Which Side Are You On?”
And Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot
Fighting in the captain’s tower
While calypso singers laugh at them
And fishermen hold flowers
Between the windows of the sea
Where lovely mermaids flow
And nobody has to think too much
About Desolation Row
I assume you mean in Bob Dylan's song:|
The captain's tower is on a ship which appears to be the Titanic that is leaving at dawn. Thus, for all intents and purposes, the question of who won the fight is moot. Both went down with the ship and are now between the windows of the sea where lovely mermaids flow.
If you must have winners and losers, in gaining control of the ship, they both lost. In not having to think too much about Desolation Row, they both won.
If, however, you mean in life:
T. S. Eliot became a significant, Nobel prizewinning poet who died the same year Dylan's poem was written.
Ezra Pound was an influential poet who advanced the careers of many other twentieth-century poets who become famous (including T. S. Eliot). He embraced Mussolini's fascism during WWII, broadcasting criticism of the allies until the end of the war, when he was arrested for treason. Pound was judged mentally unfit for trial, and spent twelve years in prison.
Significantly, considering Dylan's heritage, both Pound and Eliot have been accused of having anti-Semitic elements in their works.
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