That was a longer way of putting it, not very satisfactory.
A paraphrastic study in a worn out academical fashion.
I much prefer Eliot's. Succinct and to the point.
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> "Rickard A. Parker" wrote:
> > Seeing his guest to the taxi, John asked, "Do you think Pound will ever
> > finish the Cantos?" "If he does," Eliot said enigmatically, with a
> > wave, "he will die."
> In retrospect it is possible to see that the Cantos were _never_ not
> finished. Draft of 30 Cantos was a complete poem. The first 41 Cantos
> (Draft + Eleven New Cantos) was also a complete poem, incorporating and
> changing the Draft of 30). And so on. That was the kind of poem that it
> was. Finished, complete, at each point, but capable of expansion into a
> new but still complete poem. A musicologist back in the early '60s
> wrote an essay comparing the poem to a Fugue, which was always complete
> but always expandable.
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