From: Aidan Harman [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, October 31, 2003 11:53 AM
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Subject: Re: Posting TSE's poetry
Apologies to Gunnar for misspelling his name: this was inadvertent but
Apologies to all for the omission of 'men' from the quote from East Coker.
The last line of that quote is one that I think of a great deal when I am
commenting on various literary texts.
As for posting without comment, I do see that this may appear pointless so
let me give my reason.
I find that on various lists dedicated to writers, members, myself included,
can at times get so caught up in what we think (and I acknowledge that this
is the point of the list) that we lose sight of the writer and his/her work.
I tend to go back and read a poem I have not looked at for some time. The
poem I posted lately is one that captivated me when I first encountered it
many years ago. I think it still holds up. I like the light touch and the
humour. There is something unbuttoned about the poem that prefigures Old
Possum and his book of Practical Cats.