Tom Colket quotes: "...apart from a few notorious phrases which have had
a truly embarrassing success in the world"
Indeed Eliot had every reason to be embarassed about almost all of those
phrses. I imagine the damage they did is slowly dying out (having for
the most part been confined to my 'generation" and the preceding ones,
with only a scattering of younger critics poisoned. Probably the worst
(and perhaps most notorious) was the objective correlative, the bizarre
idea that any delection of objects or events could mechanically evoke a
specific emotion. At some point in his early life Eliot must have been
tainted without being quite conscious of the fact with the vulgarities
of late 19th-century positivism! Just the facts, Maam! Just the formula
for the emotion.