> On the epigraph: Eliot made it the epigraph, and he made an issue with
> Pound about the original Conrad epigraph to TWL that it was "somewhat
> elucidative." Nancy
I shouldn't say at all that Eliot 'made an issue with Pound' about the
epigraph. He merely stated why he chose it, perhaps thought it was good
(not nearly to my mind so good as the Petronius which he selected). In
fact, had he wanted to 'make an issue' surely he'd have retained it? He
rejected Pound's criticism elsewhere in the poem.
> Is that not one key function of epigraphs and clearly one Eliot
> had in mind when he used them?
Yes, of course; but it takes something to figure out just how
elucidative, and in what way. One means of this is exactly what an
epigraph requests: a comparison between the scene of the epigraph and
the work to which it is attached. 'A comparison', as Eliot said, 'in
which two things are measured by each other.'