Incidentally, here's TS Eliot quoted in the Presentation Speech for The Nobel Prize in Literature 1948:
«Our civilization», he says, «comprehends great variety and complexity, and this variety and complexity, playing upon a refined sensibility, must produce various and complex results. The poet must become more and more comprehensive, more allusive, more indirect, in order to force, to dislocate if necessary, language into his meaning.»
--- On Thu, 1/28/10, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> What a fascinating discourse on
> wordplay, Rick! Thanks for sharing it.
> I especially like: "Once you meet the sweet tooth fairy,
> you will see the touch of her phrase-combining wand
> everywhere". "The best sweet tooth fairies take a dramatic
> turn in the middle, merging wildly divergent things:
> magnetic personality disorder, poetic license plate, and
> victory lap dance. Some are self-reinforcing: fresh meat
> market, hard right wing, peer pressure cooker. Others are
> self-negating: frugal living large, upwardly mobile home,
> remote control freak, uninvited guest list. For word people,
> these little phrases offer much the same “aha”
> satisfaction as that famous optical illusion known as a
> Rubin vase, which forces first one interpretation (it’s a
> vase!) and then another (it’s two faces!). By putting
> words into an unaccustomed double role, they let us see
> ordinary English words for the truly versatile actors they
> are." "We all know how illogical and contradictory
> English can be, but sweet tooth fairies let us turn even the
> banal and familiar parts of our language - sweet tooth,
> tooth fairy - into something strange and wonderful." Three
> cheers to Erin McKean !!!
> To me Eliot is, indeed, a perfect sweet tooth fairy, a
> language-phile -- you can see the touch of his
> word-virtuosic wand everywhere.
> For him, though, as he put it, it is essentially a wrestle
> with words to recover meaning -- to force language into
> meaning -- "a raid on the inarticulate", "to recover what
> has been lost / And found and lost again and again".
> In that sense, absolutely, Eliot was a Nobel prize fighter
> Thanks again and with my best regards,
> --- On Wed, 1/27/10, Rickard A. Parker <[log in to unmask]>
> > During his Harvard years T.S. Eliot
> > took up boxing under the tutorledge
> > of a man named Sweeney. But we know that Eliot
> > fought with his
> > demons. It paid off -- he was awarded the Nobel
> > for Literature
> > in 1948.
> > I have a question though. Did that make Eliot the
> > world's first Nobel
> > prize fighter?
> > What is a sweet tooth fairy?:
> > http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/01/24/sweet_tooth_fairies/
> > Give me a list of 'em:
> > http://www.wordnik.com/lists/sweet-tooth-fairy?s=c&d=d&o=-1