The shortlist of the most linguistically impressive moderns writing in
English would not necessarily be the same as that for the greatest
artists. ee cummings for example is a lesser artist than Bishop but
more adventurous and innovative with the medium.
Wallace Stevens uses language in new ways but his content is
unimpressive. What he writes is less significant than the way he
In my opinion Eliot not only innovates with polysemy, multiple subject
positions and voices, disjunctive narrative and other formal elements,
but does so to express content of great meaningfulness across the
whole range of his output including his prose writing.
None of his peers displays that excellence so consistently in various
kinds of writing.
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On Apr 24, 2010, at 2:33 PM, Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> DIana Manister wrote:
>> Hah! That's really funny! Eliot could English better than anyone of
>> his time, . . .
> Uh? Pound? Yeats? Joyce? Faulkner? Moore? Stevens? Woolf?
> I can't remember the title or othr phrases, but take a look at the
> by Moore that contains the line, "We should like to know how that is
> done." "Englishing doesn't come next better in any time.