I think the only unarguably anti-semetic statement Eliot made was
the remark in AFTER STRANGE GODS about it not being good to have
a large agglomeration of Jews at any one time ...or something like that.
Of course he never reprinted those lectures, perhaps recognising the
error of his ways. On the other side, I remember his praising a Jewish poet
in one of his commentaries in THE CRITERION, being especially
positive about the cross-fertilisation of languages and culture that
that poet's work achieved.
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Subject: Re: Eliot and Anti-Semitism from the London Review of Books
> At 08:17 PM 2/18/2007, cr mittal wrote:
> >While I agree with the statement highlighted below, my reading of
> >'Burbank' has been that it is not about anti-Semitism but is
> >And Eliot's depiction of Bleistein falls in line with those in Gerontion,
> >Sweeney Among the Nightingales and Whispers of Immortality.
> CR -- Whether in the all-seeing divine eye and way of the Cross in
> Burbank or Christ the owner of the soul in the stained glass of Gerontion,
> Eliot is anything but anti-semitic in these poems.
> Ken A.
> >I'm a great admirer of Eliot's poetic genius but am saddened by
> >the anti-Semitic stances in his poetry and prose -- howsoever we
> >might explain them.
> >Kate Troy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >Robert, of course, is correct, in that //a poem about anti-Semitism is
> >anti-semitic in itself.//
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