Admiation is one thing, hero worship another.
The hero of TWL never fulfilled the looked for promise.
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From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, May 13, 2007 2:11 PM
Subject: Re: autobiography & 4Q
> Nancy Gish wrote:
> > He lost popularity with many. He gained it with others. To say, as
> > Peter did, that "no doubt his popularity waned when he became a
> > Christian," is quite different: it makes an absolute out of a rejection
> > of simplicity. There have always been readers who preferred the early
> > poems and readers who preferred the late. Some who championed the early
> > work as rejecting belief were negative about Eliot's changing attitude
> > and poetry; others were more impressed. This is not difficult to
> > understand.
> > In recent years his popularity has--if conference schedules and articles
> > mean anything--increased as those old simplistic dichotomies have been
> > reconsidered.
> > Nancy
> Agreed. As Frye wisecracked, the reputations of writers boom & crash on
> an imaginary stock exchange. One day it's short on Shelley, long on
> Richardson & Herbert. Next day it's long on Eliot & Tennyson, short on
> Browne & Keats. Etc.
> When I was in grad school in the '50s, most of my friends were atheists,
> and most of us admired Eliot. And certainly most of Pound's admirers are
> not fascists. I know at least one admirer of Marx (Karl and his daughter
> Eleanor), Luxemburg, Gramsci, John Brown, Kathleen Cleaver, Elaine
> Brown, Mao, Castro, & Lenin who is also a lover of Milton, Rochester,
> Pope, Austen, Dickens & Pound. It is pretty silly to try to draw
> one-to-one correlations between political/metaphysical/etc beliefs and
> literary preferences.
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