On page 112 of his "T.S. Eliot's Poetry and Plays", Grover Smith discusses
"Sweeney A." as a play. He assigns it as the play (skit in Smith's words)
that Eliot was referring to on page 147 of "The Use of Poetry and The Use of
Criticism" Harvard UP, Cambridge; 1996. Smith uses a different edition of
Eliot's book and refers to page 153. I was unable to determine what edition
Smith was using. At any rate it is in Eliot's conclusion written March 31,
As an aside, recently the list had a question about where Eliot had stated
that the proper use for verse was in drama or words to that effect. This
"conclusion" is where Eliot says "The ideal medium for poetry, to my mind,
and the most direct means of social "usefulness" for poetry, is the
theatre." page 146 of the 1996 Harvard UP edition.
McIntosh, NM, USA
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From: "Marcia Karp" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2002 8:52 PM
Subject: Furnished flats (was: Small correction)
> Carrol Cox wrote:
> > Jennifer Formichelli wrote:
> > >
> > > And to give an example of what I mean, I would be interested in
> > > about what Eliot might have meant when he said he wanted to write a
> > > about '(furnished flat sort of people'). This drama became Sweeney
> > > Agonistes.
> > >
> > I would gloss "sort of people" with "trailer trash"
> Dear Carrol,
> Earlier today Tom cited the "furnished rooms" passage from "Preludes."
> can't think of another poem that has more compassionate for the ordinary
> most of us lead. In regard to that poem, I can't agree with you if what
> mean is that Eliot means to denigrate. The passage you include from The
> Land is much too complex in its accuracies for me to agree in that case,
> Dear Jennifer,
> I need some convincing that Sweeney A is a drama.