Timothy Materer wrote:
> --In which essay or review does Eliot liken the meaning of a poem to the
> meat brought by a burglar to appease the watchdog while the thief's real
> work is done?
John Eckman inquired on behalf of a friend about
> a source for
> (or more exact words for) a remark Eliot made...something to the
> that the words of poetry are like the steak the burglar tosses to the
> dog to quiet it and keep it busy while he enters the house (as the
> enters the reader's mind) to do his work.
I believe the quotation comes from part v of "The Use of Poetry and the
Use of Criticism"--its context concerns the notorious difficulty or
obscurity of much modern poetry. Here's a relevant snippet:
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Ken may like this page with the words of the son of his favorite Canadian: