> Marcia Karp wrote:
> This isn't to me an interesting study -- it verges on denying Eliot's
> humanity. He was a poet, not a specimen, and it is to be expected
> that he lived his life as a poet. I don't see what you'd study in
> order to find the "many ways poetry came to Eliot." What would be
> your criteria for data? What could you learn? Help me please, CR,
> understand what you mean.
Yes. Asking "what went into preparation" treats writing as though it
were the Boston Marathon. I'm a bit curious myself as to why Eliot
should be the focus of a cult. Why him rather than X, Y, or Z. The cult
resembles in a very general way the "Janeites," but not really, since
they merely love Austen and don't get angry or upset when others don't
use the novels as an oracle. It should provide a monograph in cultural
history for someone.