I think Rickard is right, CR. Eliot was looking for a kind of poetry that to the
characters would seem like everyday speech, just as Shakespeare's xharacters
speak blank verse as if it were regular speech.
I have a high regard for Sir Alec as an actor, but I could believe his
scholarship is wanting, so he might well have read the passage as poetry,
not realising Eliot's purpose. Still he did a good job in The Cocktail Party,
so it is hard to believe he did not know.
Quoting Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>:
> I don't think Guinness is enacting any character in the play. And if he is
> not doing that, he is not supposed to be reading the lines afterany
> character. Apparently he has picked up lines from the play which appeal to
> him as poetry, and he renders them as as poetry after his own fashion. Taken
> independently of the play, I can visualize Eliot reading them in the selfsame
> From: Rickard A. Parker <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Thursday, September 1, 2011 7:13 PM
> Subject: Re: Poetry in 'The Family Reunion'
> I didn't like it much. Guinness read it as if it were poetry.
> He was supposed to read it like an ordinary person would speak
> if ordinary people spoke poetry.
> Rick Parker
> On 9/1/2011 1:53 PM, Chokh Raj wrote:
> > There is poetry in the play.
> > Sir Alec Guinness reads an excerpt from TS Eliot's verse play The Family
> > Reunion:
> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIdPuADVTdk&NR=1
> > <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIdPuADVTdk&NR=1>
> > Enjoy, s'il vous plait.
> > CR