I believe the quotation you are looking for is in his introduction to Harry
Crosby's Transit of Venus, 1930, (I will have to look this up; if you are
still interested, could you write to me off list and I will check it for
you?). He says something similar, in 'The Music of Poetry', (1942),with a
caveat [ p 36 in my OPP], '[...]but it is often true that only by going too
far can we find out how far we can go; though one has to be a very great
poet to justify such perilous adventures'.
There are 14 years between the statements , and some correlation to Eliot's
respect for frontiers.
I hope this helps.
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From: "Kathryn Walat" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2002 7:27 PM
Subject: stumped: quote!
> Does anyone have any idea about the source of the following Eliot
> "Except in directions in which we can go too far there is no interest
> in going at all: and only those who will risk going too far can
> possibly find out just how far to go."
> I've already tried concordances of Eliot's poems/plays, with no luck.
> Any ideas what essay it could be from?
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