How can anyone who--apart from Warren--had read Eliot and Yeats, Yeats above
all, just those two, can call Warren the greatest anything?
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From: "Michelle Hadden" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: OT: RPW-- was Wm Logan on TSE & Stevens
> I am certainly not interested in beginning another
> thread of "the greatest poet ever" (rationale: "because
> I think so"); however, one influential poet (at least,
> I think so), never seems to pop up, and I'd like
> list members' opinions.
> I took a seminar last semester (yes, i'm in training
> to join the academic elite. I guess that means I'll
> be slammed by a few on the list) in Robert Penn Warren.
> I had a very low opinion of him before the seminar, based
> solely on information I had read and heard about
> him, not having read any of his work myself.
> Our professor believes, and expressed quite adamantly,
> that Robert Penn Warren is THE greatest poet of the
> 20th century, has been eclipsed by the big splashes
> of people like Eliot, and has not been recognized
> because he doesn't fit neatly into any of the 20th
> century poetic movements.
> Now, while my opinion of Warren has certainly
> been raised thanks to a careful reading of his work,
> I'm not sure I agree with the professor's assessment
> of him as the unsung hero of 20th century poetry.
> Any thoughts? What do you folks think of Warren?
> Does he stand a chance?
> --- "Christopher Tidwell (ENG)" <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote: (quoting Logan)
> T. S. Eliot is still the dominant poet of the last
> > century. He casts
> > a long shadow, and we are not yet out from under it, though he
> > is very
> > much a poet _of_ the twentieth century. We can't calculate
> > how such a
> > poet will seem a century hence. (Who in 1900 would have
> > thought Shelley's
> > reputation would sink so low?) The generation of poets now in
> > their
> > seventies were baptized in Eliot's language, like Achilles in
> > the
> > Styx. Younger generations met him as an exhibit in a museum,
> > already a
> > little dusty (Eliot's lesser poems now look like rotting flags
> > in old
> > armories). Eliot was a benign influence on later poets, once
> > they stopped
> > trying to imitate him; but he was a disaster for
> > contemporaries like
> > Conrad Aiken, who thought Eliot's methods weren't
> > patented--poor Aiken
> > looks like a carbon copy's carbon copy.
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