Marcia Karp wrote:
>>> 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?
Rick Parker then wrote:
>> This might not be a word I would thought of using before quoting
>> Joseph Campbell but what is wrong with compassion?
Pat Sloane then wrote:
> People more interested in the artist's life than in the art don't
> exactly qualify as compassionate. Most of them have no interest in
> art, or an inability to relate to it as art, from which they take off
> in either of two directions. ...
> It's just that I rather gag at hearing it called "compassionate," and
> the word that came to mind for me more quickly was "sick."
Maybe we should be compassionate toward all those "sick" souls and
take some time to listen to what they ACTUALLY say to find out out
what is REALLY on their minds.
Nah! Never mind. I haven't seen anything like that working out.