In the early reviews of the first poems, several critics talked about Eliot giving--in one's words--the naked reality. That seems very different from a hazy or obscure symbolism in one sense. But it could help frame this question of being imagist. I recommend reading the reviews in Jewel Brooker's collection: they have been a fascinating insight into how we reified Eliot criticism that was very fluid and diverse in the early responses.
>>> Richard Seddon <[log in to unmask]> 11/20/2007 8:33 AM >>>
Thanks--I have read Smith. In depth once and then several times for
specific help. The time I read him in depth was before my exposure to Pound
and Imagism. I had not picked up on that passage. It might be a good
research line to think about, although I personally see little Imagism in
TSE's work. That said, I've often thought that the passage in "JAP" about
the fog achieves a sort of Imagism and when the reader is familiar with
"Rhapsody on a Windy Night" the reader's mind is jerked back and forth in an
Imagist sort of way between "JAP's" fog and "Rhapsody's" cat. I don't think
that Pound ever saw the "Image" as developing between two separate works.
An interesting concept and maybe something TSE saw that Pound did not.