Marcia Karp wrote:
> What scholars and critics do you have in mind, please Diana?
Yes. Eliot personally might have been a pretty cold fish but I never
remember any critic characterizing his verse as "cold, purely
intellectual." Also, all language is "affective" in one way or another,
so I'm not quite sure why one would be arguing the point. The question,
rather, would be how or in what way is the language of a given passage
Of interest also in the post is a combination I remember Louis Bredvold
mocking at Michigan 50+ years ago, "cold . . .intellectual." Intellect
shines through the verse of Marianne Moore or the prose of Jane Austen,
but _that_ is their warmth one might say.
Aprospos of nothing in particular, there's a line in Pound about the
"almost intravaginal warmth of ...family affections." Is that coldly
intellectual or warmly affective? Or (re the complete quote) is it just
> Diana Manister wrote:
> > Dear CR: Thanks so much for responding to my query; I have printed out
> > your message and will study it. Eliot is used often by scholars and
> > literary critics as an example of a cold, purely intellectual poet,
> > which does not jibe with my reading of his poems. His narrators seem
> > always to be despairing, even desperate.