Ken Armstrong wrote:
> At 10:15 AM 7/11/2007, Diana Manister wrote:
> >I tend to believe that he was conscious of the contextual implications of
> >his characters' spoken' words
> This is so fundamental that I can't help wondering if anyone could take
> seriously an Eliot commentator who didn't believe it? Or that Eliot didn't,
> in his somewhat slender corpus of densely packed poems, take the greatest
> care in choosing words?
Correct. Except it doesn't bite. That is, there is no direct line from
this little truism (which also applies to Eddie Guest, Barbara Cortland,
Margaret Mitchell, The Sweet Singer of Michigan, et al) and _any_
specific statement about anything in the poem, since _context_ is
_always_ at issue for any particular line or speech.