Thanks Rick and others who gave a shot at it.
If I remember it right, the passage appears in the
Social function of Poetry. I don't have the text with
me to verify and find the passage.
--- "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Vishvesh Obla wrote:
> > I am looking for the passage where Eliot says
> > something like in a healthy cultural environment a
> > major poet would have something in common and to
> > communicate to all levels of people who share that
> > culture, irrespective of whether they have the
> > capacity to read or not.
> Maybe you should check "The Music of Poetry" in "On
> Poetry and Poets."
> I just skimmed it and there isn't an exact match but
> there may be something
> similar that may be useful to you.
> Both Pound and T. S. Eliot, in various
> statements, seem to go against
> Barthes's claim of poetry's attempt to oppose
> the "social function of
> language." Pound (ABC of Reading): "Literature
> does not exist in a
> vacuum. Writers as such have a definite social
> function exactly
> proportioned to their ability as WRITERS ...
> Good writers are those
> who keep the language efficient. That is to say,
> keep it accurate,
> keep it clear." And, as Perloff notes in Radical
> Artifice, Eliot in
> "The Music of Poetry" speaks of "one law of
> nature more powerful than
> any ... the law that poetry must not stray too
> far from ordinary
> everyday language which we use and hear."
> Poetry, according to Eliot,
> "remains ... one person talking to another" and,
> moreover: "Every
> revolution in poetry is apt to be . . . a return
> to common speech."
> Rick Parker
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