Rickard Parker wrote:
> I see the Fisher King and the questor both as the poem's poetic self.
> Since I see TWL as a personal poem that means Eliot. But I don't see
> much of the questor actually in the poem. He faced some personal
> problems that could be considered a wounding and he had to cope with
> them. The writing of TWL itself was one way of doing that. It
> certainly was a deluge of writing after what he must have considered a
> drought. And in the writing he had to face himself, a kind of asking
If what you say is true -- that the writing of the poem was a coping
strategy for the wounded poet -- in what ways does your insight matter
to the reading of the poem? I don't mean in what ways was Eliot
affected by his own life, but in what ways do readers benefit from
knowing the facts of his life?