I'm reminded of freshmen who respond to disagreement as coercion. P must
have an extremely fragile ego to be so worried about his "rights" as a
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> Subject: Re: 'The Waste Land' - An Autodidact's Approach
> I think I noted this before, but what engages my students most is having
> them read the whole poem aloud. I assign sections and we go through the
> whole, each student thinking in advance about who is speaking and why and
> what they want to achieve or understand (acting work). They all love it
> say so. When asked why, one student said, "because if you are going to
> it out loud, you have to understand every word." They all agreed. (Hurrah!
> Who knew?)
> I don't know what you mean by "original readers," since, as I have also
> noted, Mary Hutchinson heard Eliot read it in a private reading before
> of anyone else had seen it, and she called it "Tom's autobiography, a
> melancholy one" (from memory but very close). Yet that experience has
> been the butt of your constant contempt.
> Also, it was immediately reviewed in many, many places and with totally
> contrasting and different attitudes--from the totally new work of genius
> absurd and chaotic mess that was destroying poetry.
> So I assume--given nearly a century of discussion and constant
> disagreement--nothing stops you from reading in your "own context." As you
> seem to dismiss every reading brought on the list, why not?
> I would be genuinely interested in any serious explanation, but if it is
> more snippy and insulting remark, I have no interest in responding.
> Unfortunately, we are back to the private blog.
> P. S. There are autodidacts and then there are just readers. Hugh
> MacDiarmid was a genius who left school at 18 and merely read every book
> he could find or that was published and he could get--and wrote brilliant,
> great poetry. That is an autodidact--one "self-taught." I have not read
> daily selections that keep turning up, but unless they are by people who
> genuinely self-taught, they need to be taken with several grains of salt.
> >>> P 05/12/13 12:39 PM >>>
> Not very helpful but fun in an ironical sort of way if one doesn't mind
> bobbing and weaving. I am curious as to when we get permission to read the
> poem in our own context, ie. bring our own experience to the poem like the
> original readers were able to do.
> P. M.
> Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> OK, no great discoveries here, but possibly some humor and an
> observation or two (interesting def. of post-modernism). It is on an
> Amazon.com page of readers' reviews of one of the quickly printed TWL
> editions when the masterpiece went viral (i.e. out of copyright):