. . .I think what is fascinating is how quickly he
> developed. This is from 1905. By the time he is at Harvard, he's writing
> Death of Saint Narcissus."
He remained capable of producing some pretty awful verse. See the couplets
cut by Pound from TWL. Pound's comment was that Eliot couldn't write
couplets better than Pope's. But that is too high praise; he couldn't write
couplets that weren't almost embarrassing. The passage is utterly flat. And
this after Prufrock & Preludes, & when he was capable of writing Gerontion!!
Eliot was extraordinarily uneven.