I not only admit it, I think it essential to any useful and serious study of Eliot. Treating him as a reified idol just makes him boring and pointless.
>>> Diana Manister <[log in to unmask]> 03/06/08 10:55 AM >>>
Dear CR: Right you are, repulsive images can be very powerful in poetry. What I meant, and I should
have been clearer about what I meant, was that the image was repulsive in the way that really bad
writing makes a reader cringe.
Nobody ever admits that Eliot could make unfortunate choices in his writing. It's funny! Cheers, Diana
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2008 13:22:23 -0800From: [log in to unmask]: Re: On the Making of a SimileTo: [log in to unmask]
"He laughed like an irresponsible foetus." ('Mr. Apllinax')
Two points with regard to your observation, Diana :
1. Where's the diktat for the artist to avoid repulsive images ?
2. How are we sure the artist's intent was not to repulse ?
Alex Freer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
At the risk of facetiousness, some of us were amused. The tone of thecomment is gently mocking in my ears.On Wed, 2008-03-05 at 19:49 +0000, Diana Manister wrote:> > //One is required to avoid repulsive images when the intent
is not to repulse.// Diana
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