Marco (let's leave the "well respected" business for the time being):
Do I have to say that I am not a Cat Stevens fan, but just sought for a nice
little example to get my argument across?
>What I tried to pointed out, totally unsuccessfully it seems, is that an
>artist personal and artistic development is not always inevitably bound to
I understood this alright, but I don't agree, at least not for TSE.
I recommend Ted Bogacz " A Tyranny of Words" (Journal of Modern History 58,
p. 663f.f) as a fine article on the development / connection of poetry and
propaganda during WWI.
At the end Bogacz makes as point on TSE that is well worth mentioning. He
states that Eliot tried to make the horrors of WWI know to the general
public. As a prove for this thesis, he quotes a letter written to the
Magazine "Nation" in late 1918 in which he urges the paper to print a letter
of a "young officer" (which was in his possession) whom Eliot does not name,
in which the horrors of WWI are described. (Very much in contrast to the
prevailing published poetry and press of the day.)
Coming from this, Bogdaz writes: "The despairing vision of modern war and
the necessity of seeing it directly, without "poetic" defenses, is the
unspoken background for Eliot's post war masterpiece TWL."
I do think the argument is well worth while, and I just try to trace poetic
(and other) utterances of Eliot prior to this.
(If anyone is interested, I can provide the article in pdf format).
PS.: I have as yet not read your attachment, so I cannot comment on this by