Carrol Cox wrote:
> There are serious virtues (Powers, as in Latin) in serious scholarship.
> Not the only intellectual powers, but still of great importance. Nancy
> and Marcia have those virtues. It counts.
Well, perhaps those in possession of the virtues of serious
scholarship should stop trying to put a leash on those with other
intellectual powers, particularly under the errant notion that their
scholarship authorizes them to adjudicate the worth of every post
submitted to the list, most especially of those, no surprise, whose take
on Eliot and scholarship and criticism does not toe their not really
scholarly own ideological line. To say that Schuchard's book is well
known, to put plainly, is to say nothing at all. It requires neither
scholarship nor the slightest understanding of Eliot's poetry.
Is there anyone on the list who does not understand that knowing a
thousand things about a poem is not the same thing as knowing the poem?
A thousand things may help, may be invaluable, but does not substitute
for understanding and can be destructive when it pretends to, cf Eliot
on Wordsworth's Lucy poems and the scholar who tried to suffocate them.