"Rickard A. Parker" wrote:
> The material is from pages 170-3 from:
> Poets in their Youth
> A Memoir
> Eileen Simpson (was married to John Berryman, the John mentioned below)
> Seeing his guest to the taxi, John asked, "Do you think Pound will ever
> finish the Cantos?" "If he does," Eliot said enigmatically, with a farewell
> wave, "he will die."
One of the glories of the _Cantos_ is that they were _always_ finished.
Eliot's remarks on tradition weren't true, I think, in their original
reference, but if you take them as a comment on Pound's Cantos they are
realy quite precise.
The first 16 Cantos made a complete poem.
The first 30 Cantos made a complete poem, the last 14 changing the first
The first 41 Cantos made a complete poem. . . .and so forth.
P.S. I think the same can be said of _Don Juan_ -- though I've never
gotten around to rereading that wonderful poem.