Flowers grow in wastelands

2017-04-20

in Art, Bombs and rockets, History, Language, Massey College, Science, Teaching, Toronto, Writing

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

These seemingly grim lines may be the most optimistic in modern literature: life feeds into life, change is constant, and the spring’s rain helps complete the cycle.

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Milan April 20, 2017 at 11:52 pm

alena April 21, 2017 at 10:23 pm

T.S. Elliott’s vision in the poem is a collection of images of broken things. Very interesting about the windows in Hart House Chapel; they were pieced together from broken windows from Churches in England after the Great War.

alena April 23, 2017 at 10:15 am

There is a wonderful Wayson Choy story set in Vancouver in which a Chinese grandmother who feels out of place in Vancouver takes her grandson through the alley ways and a burned down church to collect pieces of broken glass. Out of these she ties together beautiful wind chimes that sing in the wind.

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