In the fall of 1918 Eliot taught a series of lectures on Elizabethan Literature
for working class people. He assigned "Hero and Leander" as reading for
the 9th lecture.
You can find all about this in Ronald Schuchard's ELIOT'S DARK ANGEL,
Date sent: Mon, 23 Dec 2002 17:22:54 +0100
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From: Sara Trevisan <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: OT: Undergraduates (+TSE)
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Dear Harm Tron,
You are not the only undergraduate on the list. I am an undergraduate
student myself, at the University of Padova (Italy).
Yes -- I like it best when there's some TSE-related debate on the list,
like you do. But there is no reason to talk that way to a person you don't
even know, only because she is a professor and you are not. What is this?
A sort of adolescent rebellion against the estabilished order? I am sure
that you would never speak like that to any professor of yours in Berkeley
-- they would kick you out in a moment. It's very much of a sign of
covetousness, I'd say.
There is no reason to offend. This is just a mailing list, but the fact
that people cannot see each other must not imply lack of respect. I hate
such emails as yours more than political debates.
Anyway -- going back to TSE -- I'd have a question. Did TSE know Marlowe's
poems well? I've just read Hero and Leander -- the lines when Leander is
almost drowned by Neptune and is driven to the bottom of the sea just
reminded me about TSE's final lines in Prufrock. I know the mermaids were
taken from Donne's Song, but I couldn't help noticing a similarity with
Marlowe, at least in the way of describing the bottom of the sea -- as if
it were a cameo.