From: Christopher Tidwell
> Other than
> their similar interest in the French Symbolists, I don't see a lot of
> connections between the two poets
Even there, you can find differences. French symbolism is too often used as
an umbrella term in English criticism. Eliot and Stevens didn't quite have
the same models. I can see some Mallarmť (who wasn't a favourite of Eliot)
in Stevens. Is there much Baudelaire or Laforgue in Stevens's poems, though?
From W. Logan's essay on Stevens and Eliot:
> (Eliot's) poetry, early to late, is a supersubtle (as he might have said)
> narrative of aesthetic change as it impinges on philosophic complication.
I'm not sure 'supersubtle' is a word Eliot used much. To me, it's definitely
More generally, I think Logan is perhaps too confident when he argues that
Eliot's poetry will inevitably wear less well than Stevens's. Of course,
there are aspects of Eliot that look like period pieces. But who knows if,
in a hundred years' time, people won't find it strangely old-fashioned that
someone could write poems about ways of looking at blackbirds? Just because
Stevens's subject matter is a-historical does not mean that it will appeal
to all generations. History has many cunning passages.
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