"Rickard A. Parker" wrote:
> 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.
Off hand, I can't think of _any_ major writer, painter, composer who was
ever very helpful in explaining his/her work. Why should a poet be
helpful? One might even remark, how _could_ a poet be helpful? As Frye
remarked of Wordsworth's Preface to Lyrical Ballads, it's worth at most
a B+ as an essay on Wordsworth's poetry.