Are such generalisations worth the effort in the first place?
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From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: Here is no prophet and no great matter
> Diana Manister wrote:
> > Carrol your point is well taken. However it's undeniable that in
> > England at the time Eliot was writing, the audience for poetry was
> > fairly predictable, and their tastes were well-known to him.
> I doubt it. Could you offer evidence. Given the shock that TWL caused I
> would think the case would be exactly the opposite. Eliot had no idea
> what audience he might be writing for -- and there was no way that he
> could have had. Cetrainly he could not have expected the rather esoteric
> & purely personal construals you offer of individual phrases out of
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