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(10-23-2013, 10:22 AM)abu nuwas Wrote:  I come and go over Eliot, mainly, I go. He is held to be such a towering figure in 20th century poetry, and perhaps that's so. And terribly deep. Hmmm....

I am now wondering if that is what he wanted to be, but really didn't succeed, whereas he was good at the odd pithy, if not overly complicated, line or phrase. The bang and the whimper is memorable, but could have been slipped into a thousand poems. April being the cruellest month is somehow touching. Or Prufrock:

For I have known them all already, known them all:
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;

What do you think? Did he succeed in his ground-breaking attempts? Or were his one-liners his best shot?

(The coffee-spoons resonates with me, btw) Smile
I think T. S. accomplished both. He was definitely a master of the "line" and you could easily cite 100 lines that by themselves would have carried him into memorability. Perhaps it is his "mastery of the hook" that made him so popular to the masses, far more popular than more accessible poets.

But he left gold there for the poetry snobs to dig up as well. Certainly he was unsurpassed in the use of allusion. his symbolism was top notch. He was a master of meter, creating his own "eliot"-esque voice that has resonated through free and metric verse for decades.


wait, what was the question again?

"I will show you fear in a handful of dust"
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Stearns - by abu nuwas - 10-23-2013, 10:22 AM
RE: Stearns - by milo - 10-23-2013, 10:28 AM
RE: Stearns - by abu nuwas - 10-24-2013, 02:33 AM
RE: Stearns - by milo - 10-24-2013, 05:48 AM
RE: Stearns - by abu nuwas - 10-24-2013, 07:28 AM
RE: Stearns - by milo - 10-24-2013, 07:57 AM
RE: Stearns - by rayheinrich - 10-24-2013, 12:36 PM
RE: Stearns - by milo - 10-24-2013, 01:38 PM
RE: Stearns - by rayheinrich - 10-26-2013, 04:00 AM
RE: Stearns - by milo - 10-26-2013, 04:05 AM
RE: Stearns - by rayheinrich - 11-01-2013, 09:34 PM
RE: Stearns - by abu nuwas - 10-26-2013, 09:53 AM
RE: Stearns - by rayheinrich - 10-23-2013, 11:48 AM
RE: Stearns - by billy - 10-24-2013, 12:46 PM



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