Too bad he never read any of Eliot's very early or later poetry. From what I've read of Neruda, he would have really liked Eliot's lyrical periods.
I'm not terribly surprised to hear such extreme remarks coming from Neruda, though. Thanks for sharing them!
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'When Fadayev declared in Wroclaw that, if hyenas used a pen or a typewriter
they would write like T.S. Eliot or the novelist Sartre, I think that was an
insult to the animal kingdom. I do not believe that creatures endowed with
intelligence and the power of expression would make such an obscene religion out
of the annihilation and repugnant vice, as those two so-called 'masters' of
Western culture have done.' - Pablo Neruda