Eliot also states similar sentiments frequently in the Gallup writings
(several of which are about prose). For something comparative, too, see
SE, p 28, 'The Function of Criticism', 1923, II.
The essay you are looking for sounds to me rather late: perhaps the
statement is made in 'To Criticize the Critic', or the essay on Johnson
in OPP. I shall try and look for you.
On Monday, March 24, 2003, at 07:37 AM, Nancy Gish wrote:
> I don't think this is the exact passage you are looking for, but Eliot
> similar things in various places.
> "Dissonance, even cacophony, has its place: just as, in a poem of any
> length, there must be transitions between passages of greater and less
> intensity, to give a rhythm of fluctuating emotion essential to the
> structure of the whole; and the passages of less intensity will be, in
> relation to the level on which the total poem operates, prosaic--so
> that, in
> the sense implied by that context, it may be said that no poet can
> write a
> poem of amplitude unless he is a master of the prosaic."
> ----from "The Music of Poetry"
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> From: Pietros Maneos <[log in to unmask]>
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> Does anyone recall the essay where Eliot says something to the effect
> 'poetry has as much to learn from prose as from other poetry?'