Ken Armstrong wrote:
> This is an unfair criticism.
Let's be fair to Spender too. He wrote that Eliot was not helpful in
explaining his poetry. He didn't indicate whether he wanted Eliot to
be helpful or not. In his book Spender prefaced his story with
"Here is perhaps the place to relate some anecdotes ..."
Spender's comment 'Eliot could be less than helpful if one tried to
"explicate" him.' is an opinion of course but he supplied an example
of why he would say that and I've read enough about Eliot to accept
Spender's take on this.