In fact Eliot's influence on the poetry of the whole
century is a testimony to his power. So much of the poetry of the
century was considered weak because of its inevitable imitation
of his versification. His work just got under the skin of the whole
English speaking poetic creation.
Ken Armstrong wrote:
> At 11:05 AM 9/21/2005, Jacek Niecko wrote:
>> I suspect most listers will be glad to know (if they do not know
>> already) that the September 16 issue of The Times Literary Supplement
>> carries on pp. 14-15 an excellent parody, by the late Sir Maurice
>> Bowra, of some of Eliot's pompous poetry,
> Disappointing I thought, more like monotonous monody than parody.
> There was one line it I liked: "Prey on us now and in the hour of our
> debt." But that may just be a reflection of my pecuniary sympathies.
> A few years ago, maybe thirty or so, I tried to write not so much a
> parody as an alternate version of Prufrock. I got one section almost
> where I wanted it and gave up. What seems so familiar and is "early
> Eliot," after all, is not, however, easy to do a good parody of.
> Bowra's one dimensional lines are testimony to that.
> Ken A.
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