Marcia Karp wrote:
> Dear J. P.,
> I'm not responding based on any scholarship, my own or others. Truth is I don't read Eliot scholarship, save from members of this list. I never have doubted that Eliot, like all poets, can write only about what they know. But I don't see how the poem asks the reader to place a name on the objects you've mentioned. If you are trying to understand what went on inside Eliot, that's of no concern to me, but I won't interfer with the discussion. But if you are saying that readers should think of Emily Hale, for instance, when reading "Royal Rose," I don't understand.
> So, perhaps I'm asking what sort of tree it is we are eating from.
About my position also. It's been nearly 50 years since I read any Eliot
scholarship. Who is Emily Hale?