On Eliot's fairly obvious anti-sEmitism (alnog with the Royal family,
with most of the landed aristocracy of England, with almost all the
Country Clubs & local Medical Societies, with 9/10s of the Social
Register -- and that's a partial list) ...
The academic circles of in which I circulated some 50 to 60 years ago,
both as an undergrad and in grad school, more or less took Eliot as The
Poet & The Critic of our century -- but we also all took for granted
that he was anti-Semitic. Almost all his friends were -- there are some
pretty slimy passages in the work of Keynes. Attempting to "defend" him
against that "charge" (not a charge, just a given) seems silly. He's
dead. Who cares.
On 10/2/2011 8:43 PM, Nancy Gish wrote:
> Or read Eliot on others like Lawrece and Yeats. It is not "impersonal."
>>>> Carrol Cox 10/02/11 9:39 PM>>>
> schlanger wrote: . . . though Logan, whose criticism of contemporary
> poetry . . .
> How do you define "contemporary" here?
> As for focus on "life" rather than "poetry," you should study the
> history of responsdes to John Milton and Alexander Pope, two of my
> favorite poets. :-)
> Some of the concern with Eliot's biography may be a reaction to the
> early myth of his poetry as "impersonal," along with his many attempts
> to cover his tracks as it were.