If I wrack my brain hard enough I may remember just were Eliot talked
He was criticised, when Pruffy came out for having so many borrowings in
Check Cleanth Brooks on that. The thought occurs that the critics were just
too overwhelmed by the poem, didn't know what to make of it, and so they
had to pick on something. It was very UNFAIR criticism, given that
have always used allusions galore with out citing the sources.
As to the notes on The Waste Land, the story goes that he and the publisher
wanted to produce it in book form but it was just too small, so Eliot
invented the notes, partly as a finger up at the critics of Prufrock.
There is a lot of doubleness in the notes if one sees them as a send
up, eg the one at the end of The Fire Sermon about the collocation
of Eastern and Western culture at this point in the poem note being
an accident. Of course it's not an accident, so why say so.
Besides which, how many poems (or short stories or novels for that matter)
provide citational work? I can't think of any other than TWL at
As to where you can find all this, well I strongly remember Eliot
referring to it in an
essay or prose piece. I don't remember where. If I had the time I would
To Criticise The Critic first, and if not there, then On Poetry and Poets.
Look for places where he is talking about his own work.
It would take a lot of skimming, but that's the best I offer for now.
Perhaps someone else can help. It isn't referred to a lot in Eliot
studies, but, on the other hand, it is referred to from time to time.
(If that makes any sense.)
Marcia Karp wrote:
> Peter Montgomery wrote:
>> must remember that Eliot was deliberately having on those critics who
>> slammed him for not having citations for Prufrock.
> Dear Peter,
> I don't remember this being so. Where might I learn (and then
> remember) that TWL notes have anything to do with Prufrock? What
> citations were readers missing for that poem? How did the notes for
> TWL come about?
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