Marcia Karp wrote:
>>> Why is TWL any more personal than thousands of other lyric poems?
>> I didn't say that and I don't think I implied it either. I would say
>> that TWL is rather impersonal for a personal poem. You don't see Eliot
>> on the surface of the poem. And that means he did a pretty good job of
>> doing what he wrote about in his criticism.
Then Marcia again:
> I was responding to your previous post where you wrote "Did you ever
> see a quasi-autobiography in this form before?" I took this to be a
> suggestion that TWL is unique in regard to the proportion of the
> thinly disguised reporting of the facts of a life and some other sort
> of content, which I don't think it is.
Ah. I see where your "Why is TWL any more personal than thousands of
other lyric poems?" came from now. Yes, I meant the personal elements
in TWL were unique, not that the poem was more personal.
> The poet said that in the writing he separated (and here I paraphrase)
> the man who knew from the man who wrote.
Sounds like Eliot's second or third voice of poetry. But don't forget
that Eliot wrote that there is a first voice too.
> In sympathy with your trepidation about committing oneself in
And the time taken between keystrokes is so damn long too!