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> In fact, without
> Stevens, the world would be a different place. I don't know if I can say the
> same for Eliot. As much as I feel for him and his poetry, the legend of the
> grail preceded him and I would have discovered without him that much of this
> world is a waste land.
I am in agreement with you that Stevens made the world a new place; he's a
miraculous poet. But I don't think that Eliot's most enduring virtues are
legends or ideas. I hear his contribution as a mournful sound using a
contemporary diction. There are other mournful sounds in English poetry, and
still his is his alone.
One great work of art does not cancel out another, do you think?